HighWaterLine Bristol 2014 is part of an international arts project, instigated by Eve Mosher, to help communities at flood risk understand and communicate their situation and build resilience to flooding and impacts of climate change. Living on the line, I became involved in April 2014, as a community participant, I helped with project management, documentation, and publicity while we were chalking the 27 mile line around Bristol. I also worked with Isobel Tarr, the project manager, to produce a comprehensive report and presentations to various teams in the Environment Agency
In Hotwells, at risk from tidal flooding in storm surge and high tide conditions, we have been exploring climate change adaptations with planting and generally minimising waste. Art under the Flyover has attracted flood risk and SUDS academics who are interested in the project as a community led development.
As an artist working with communities, I am beginning to feel that we are past the point of raising awareness about climate change and just need to work out the adaptations.
I aspire to see all communities at risk develop solutions and creative ways to communicate their situations. This is not always easy as our HighWaterLine report reveals
Some days deep blue and turquoise waves
offer a welcome, shingle shelves give way
but on others, walls six metres high
crash without mercy on beach and boulders
extract from The Sea’s sure of its own Highs and Lows by Rosy Wilson 2014