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Norfolk, VA 23510

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Public Art NEA Art & Rising Tides project installed

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On October 20th we dedicated Matthew Geller’s public art project “Upper Blush”. Swaying benches create a titling motion that directs collected rain water into a nearby rain garden.

The City of Norfolk received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program to hire an environmental artist  work with urban planners and community partners to design and create artwork that responds to recurrent flooding.

Norfolk is the cultural, educational, medical, and business center of the southeastern Virginia region known as Hampton Roads. The City and area is renowned for its 400 year history, major military base, and shipping port.

Waterways are part of its success and charm but are also major threats due to recurrent flooding. According to The World Resources Institute, the Hampton Roads area is experiencing the highest relative rate of sea-level rise along the entire U.S. East Coast. The area is second only to New Orleans as the largest population center in the country at risk from sea-level rise. Norfolk is especially susceptible to flooding because the tension between flood water over topping banks and coming up through storm drains during high tides and rain water falling.  Tidal flooding is often exacerbated by wind speed and direction.

Norfolk was designated one of “100 Resilient Cities,” as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and received a grant to build and expand our ability to rebound from adversity, both natural and economic. We are a forward-thinking city that is strengthening the infrastructure and preparedness of our low-lying coastal region for the flooding challenges we face today and moving forward.

See more pictures on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seldenarcadegallery/albums/72157688263693504