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City of Water Day

– Experience the BlueLine –

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Art at the BlueLine

This year, City of Water Day is exploring the BlueLine—the future high tide line—to collectively highlight the risk we all face from sea level rise and coastal storms. More than one million people in our region face direct risks from coastal flooding today. Experience the BlueLine through the work of three extraordinary climate artists, featured below. These talented individuals have been selected by our art jury for their unique perspective on climate issues and sea level rise through the lens of artistic expression.

The pieces will include a variety of mediums from live projections to stationary materials and will be on view through September 27 for Climate Week NYC.

Meet the artists on September 24 at our interactive webinar “A Conversation on Climate and Social Resilience with Artists.” Register here.

See below for more information about each piece and make your plan to view the art from a safe social distance on City of Water Day.


Justin Brice Guariglia

Justin Brice Guariglia
American, b. 1974

Sandblasted solar-powered LED message board
Text: Timothy Morton
Approx. 84” x 138” x 159”h | 190 x 351 x 404h cm

WE ARE THE ASTEROID II is a public artwork by artist Justin Brice Guariglia. The sandblasted solar-powered LED highway message board loops six ecological aphorisms written for Guariglia by eco philosopher Timothy Morton. The board flashes surprising poetry, metaphor, and humor to challenge viewers to think ecologically while breaking down barriers to stimulate conversations about the environment. This project is made possible by a grant from Science Rising and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

IG @justinbriceguariglia
Twitter @xjbgx


Kamau Ware

WAVES is an intervention into the physical and psychic space of the Seaport District, illustrating the connected history between the Indigenous people of New York and the Africans from the Congo and Angola in the 17th century on the island of Manhattan. WAVES is a composition of four flags symbolizing these nations and the space between memory and resilience.

Twitter @kamaustudios
Facebook @kamaustudios


Sarah Cameron Sunde

36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013 – present) is a series of nine site-specific participatory performances and video works created in locations around the world that are threatened by rising sea levels.

The project began in 2013 as a poetic and personal response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City. Sarah Cameron Sunde stood in water for 12 hours and 48min as the tide rose and fell on her body over the full tidal cycle. Since then, the work has grown into a complex, collaborative, evolving series of works that engages communities around the world in conversations around deep time, embodiment, and sea-level rise. Through this confrontation and communion with the ocean, the project embraces time and tides as mediums to communicate individual and collective vulnerability and resilience.

The performances are filmed in real time from multiple perspectives and then turned into durational video works that are the same length as each performance, providing a slow and sensory experience for viewers. Sunde will install outdoor video projections hosted by the South Street Seaport Museum on the side of the Wavertree at Pier 16 from 7pm – 10:30pm on September 12, 17, 25 and 26.

Portions of four full-length video works from around the world will be shown in the order they were created:

Sat, Sept 12: 36.5 / North Sea, Netherlands
Thurs, Sept 17: 36.5 / Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh
Fri, Sept 25: 36.5 / Bay of All Saints, Brazil 
Sat, Sept 26: 36.5 / Bodo Inlet, Kenya 

For more info on the series as a whole, please visit:

Twitter @scsunde
Instagram @scsunde  or @36.5durational


  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • New York City Council
  • Howard Hughes-Seaport District
  • New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program
  • Disney

Questions about City of Water Day? Email [email protected]

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