Why Art?

HighWaterLine | Bristol
photo credit: Pete Bedwell

Art has the capacity to communicate in ways that scientific reports or or shallow media coverage cannot. It can connect on a visceral and emotional level. When art is produced in public, by people living in the community, it becomes personal and relatable. When scientific data is translated into art that reveals how a community will be impacted by climate change, the art provides the community a way to visualize the tangible impacts.

Art has the capacity to provide entry for everyone – regardless of language, socio-economic background, cultural identity – we all understand the act of making a mark.

Drawing a line in the urban environment, while simple in nature, is a powerful act. It delineates, demarcates and defines. It provides a visceral sense of place and can bring concepts about the future into the present with great force.