Hurricane Sandy: Art and Recovery

Times Square Pour, Molly Dilworth. Benefit Edition for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

Governor Cuomo observed this week, “We have a 100-year flood every two years now.” Hurricane Sandy has made the relationship between the natural and built environment painfully clear, it is critical that we build for the future with this knowledge in mind.
— Molly Dilworth

I’m a believer in the power of art to help, heal, to change the world. I have often donated artwork or proceeds from sales to various causes that are important to me. In a move that’s close to my heart, artist Molly Dilworth and ArtWeLove have teamed to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated so much of New York City.

This is the email I received today from ArtWeLove. Good work, good cause; consider checking it out.

As you all know, Superstorm Sandy has left a terrible path of destruction on the East Coast of the United States as well as Haiti and Cuba. As a company made in New York, our team and many of our artists are in recovery mode, many of them still without power, and for some, having lost their workspace and most of their art.

We want to do our bit to help rebuild our great city and support everyone affected by the storm, in New York but also beyond. The great Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth has pitched in one of her ArtWeLove editions, Times Square Pour.

Especially for this benefit, we’ve created a 16 x 20 inches version of this popular print and effective immediately all sales of all sizes of Times Square Pour will all go to benefit the American Red Cross’s Sandy relief efforts.

Times Square Pour is a particularly relevant choice. Molly is a land artist who has always been concerned with the environment and we’ve worked together before to create benefit editions for the Global Earth Project with 350.org.

Times Square Pour is based on her site-specific installation “Cool Water, Hot Island” in New York’s Times Square and the winning proposal for the 2010 reNEWable Times Square Design Competition. This edition is a representation of NASA’s infrared satellite data of Manhattan. When painted on the streets of Times Square, the artwork’s color and movement suggest rivers and natural forms, juxtaposing against their built surroundings and alluding to the early days of New York City. Superstorm Sandy came in last week as a powerful reminder of New York’s complex relation between the built environment and the natural.

We chose to donate to the Red Cross, an apolitical and trusted organization that provides shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy, as well as countless crises at home and around the world. You can also donate directly to Red Cross.

Thanks for helping support the effort to recover.

ArtWeLove team.

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