Art projects at four different places on the New Jersey coastline were commissioned by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The idea was to focus on threats posed by climate change and rising sea levels. NOAA partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
In Long Branch, choreographer Lynn Needle and her dance company, The Art of Motion, created a myth-inspired, multi-media work about the ocean.
At Dundee Island Park in Passaic, artist Adriane Colburn created sculptures that show historic and projected water levels along the Passaic River. Prior to installation, Hurricane Ida completely flooded the park.
And, In Port Norris, at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, on the Delaware Bay in Southern New Jersey, ceramic artist Gail Scuderi created tiny houses made from handmade tiles. The historic oyster fishing village is now highly prone to flooding.
Eric Schultz produced and directed the video for State of the Arts. Joe Conlon was the DP and Dan Gordon narrates.