in your soundveils
In my neural web
On my papery skin
Into a pillar of salt
By your cruel beauty.
Sustainable JC is excited to announce the launch of their Rain Garden +ART campaign!
As some of you may know, Jersey City has an aging sewer system. Because of the current condition of the system, overflows during rainstorms release sewage tainted storm water into rivers and the urban landscape. Because of these overflows, Jersey City has been levied with an EPA Consent Decree for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act.
We at SJC believe that more green infrastructure in Jersey City will alleviate this issue substantially and lower the estimated $54 million dollar tab to repair our sewer system by at least 50%. We also believe that we can educate and engage neighborhoods across the city about this community health issue through the Arts, and so have launched a citywide Rain Garden + ART campaign.
Rain gardens are a low-cost green infrastructure method that allow rainwater and snowmelt to be collected and seep naturally into the ground. They divert water away from sewers and thereby reduce the load and the amount of sewage released into the environment. In order to demonstrate their positive effects not only on the environment but also in the social realm by bringing community groups together, SJC has chosen an initial demonstration site of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
In addition to providing an excellent cost-saving measure for the city, the gardens will provide beautification with native plants and companion art installations located in and around the site. Through our collaboration with community arts organizations, individual artists, the NJ Tree Foundation and our host site partners, SJC aims to show how connecting social, environmental and economic impacts can transform Jersey City into a more sustainable place to live and work.
In order to fund and install these gardens, SJC has partnered with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ Tree Foundation and the New York City based crowd-resourcing site, ioby.org. As a community-based organization, our goal is to integrate the community into the fundraising and implementation process as much as possible. The Dodge Foundation has generously awarded SJC with a grant to finance half of the project but we still need to raise the other half. We invite you to support us in this campaign and spread the word!
For more information and to donate, our ioby site can be accessed at: https://www.ioby.org/project/sjcs-rain-gardens-art-campaign.
Not going anywhere but working in my studio, as usual during holidays. This time I work on a design sketch for the next Pro Arts Eat-Up Party. The details of my submission are here, on the PRO ARTS website. This would be my first garden art installation, so I am a bit nervous. Last night I took one of the nightscape backgrounds that were lying around in my studio for a long time and I drew something that would resemble what I had in mind for my open air museum lanterns. I must admit I was inspired by the whimsical artworks of Katherine Dunn and her wonderful Apifera farm, but also by Diana Trout, who left a gracious comment on my studio blog, after I reblogged one of her posts. I own both Katherine’s and Diana’s books, which kept me inspired and happy.
The design sketch is still in the making.