I wanted to do more projects that actually had some really measurable impact.

Anyone coming to the HighWaterLine project has some personal story that they can tell about their community, or about their own experience with extreme weather events, or about their knowledge of climate change. There’s some sort of story about themselves that they can use as the starting point of telling a story.


In HighWaterLine, a performance piece, Eve Mosher traces a chalk line at 10 feet above sea level. She first drew this line in New York City in 2007, marking over 70 miles of coastline that would be affected by increased flooding. The location of the line is based on mapping and statistical data and brings art directly to a community, creating conversation with people living in or using areas threatened by the effects of climate change. Mosher reflected on the predictive nature of her project after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 flooded many of her marked areas. Mosher is working with local communities to bring HighWaterLine to places like Dublin, Ireland; Miami; and, in April 2014, Philadelphia.

Eve Mosher is an artist and interventionist based in New York City. Her work is public and engages audiences in dialogue with the changing landscape around them while raising cultural and social issues related to the history of place. In an interview with CHF staff Mosher discussed HighWaterLine’s history and future, as well as how similar projects can give people their own tools to make observations about the environment and to take action. Watch the clips above to hear about and see Mosher’s work to make landscapes, their history, and their future a bigger part of our everyday lives.

To find out more about Eve Mosher and her work, visit her website or highwaterline.com.

Watch the four videos above: Eve Mosher discusses how HighWaterLine empowers participants; how works of art can give people tools to drive change; how her art can help the community ask and answer important questions about climate change; and how her art itself tackles the issue of climate change. Use the arrows to navigate through the videos and images. 


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