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Ephemeral chalk lines bring the ghost of a historic wetland into view at the edge of Flushing Bay.

Missing Waters

Flushing Bay Kayak and Canoe Launch, Marina Road Corona, New York, 2020

In conjunction with NYC H2O and Guardians of Flushing Bay


Chalk and water


120 yards x 15 yards

Missing Waters creates a memory of the original wetland edge of Flushing Bay. This area, now paved and lifted above the tide range, used to be a living tidal wetland. This painting gives people a way to see and walk over the missing presence of the historic waterway. Missing Waters kindles an understanding that the landscape we see today looked very different before urbanization.

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