Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

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Another Flood: What Would You Sacrifice for Global Warming Art?

Today I read about this art project, by Mary Miss, which in 2007 marked high water spots for various flood stages in Boulder, Colorado.
This was not a city signage project.
This was art.
But at this point in Boulder, where the water “would be” is a reality.  Severe floods have overtaken the city.

Miss-Mary_Boulder_3 Miss-Mary_Boulder_5 DOTS-on-tree

It made me think about doing this in New Hope and Lambertville, but with a twist.  On the anniversary of Sandy, we rope off all the places we could not go then, for one week, with blue tape.  
Absurd?
Annoying?  
Not art?  
You’d take blue dots over this any day to raise awareness of global warming?

The suggestion is not to undermine the value of the blue dot project.  After all, it inspired me to write this.  But I do believe its easier to live normally, side-by-side with art that alludes to real pain, rather than experience the very thing that art is pointing to, through the project.  

I am reminded of the steel elevators at the Holocaust Museum in DC, which feel like the oppressive railroad boxcars that carried Jews to the camps.  This is the type of experiential, immersive art that demands sacrifice from the viewer.  It does not afford comfort while pointing and looking at tragedy.

The blue dots are a powerful reminder of what could happen.  But going one step further, and adding the very real sacrifice demanded by those high water marks, now that’s an eye opener.

As fall approaches with each rain, I wonder: another flood?  How high?  No, not this time?  Phew.

Now Colorado fills with water.  Those blue dots have met with their promise.

When will we wake up to global warming?  Here is an excellent take on the subject from Subhankar Banerjee, where I read about the blue dot project in the first place.