The Seas are Rising and So are We

The Avenue Concept Warren: Utility Boxes & More Tour

The Seas are Rising and So are We

Warren, Rhode Island 02885, United States

Created By: The Avenue Concept


Location: 24 Child St, Warren

Josie Morway is a self-taught artist whose work has been featured all over the world. She currently lives in Boston. Josie’s work has been shown in museums and galleries across the US, UK, Australia, and Mexico, as well as at fairs like Scope at Art Basel Miami.

Josie’s work explores both the fragility and the fortitude of the natural world, especially when facing the threat that humans pose to the environment. Josie knew that she wanted to include the saltmarsh sparrow for this mural in Warren, one of the sparrow's native breeding grounds. Saltgrass, native phragmites, and maritime marsh-elder – all important members of the ecosystem at Jacob's Point are also featured, along with the black tupelo tree’s iconic skeleton that is visible from the East Bay bike path.

“The Seas are Rising and So are We” was inspired by Elizabeth Rush’s book, “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” an award-winning book on climate change. Josie read this line in the book and felt it perfectly fit the theme of this installation. Josie hopes that this mural will inspire everyone to rise to the challenge of climate change. She hopes that this mural will prompt thought and conversation; both about adaptation to the inevitable effects of climate change, as well as about the efforts toward mitigation that can – and must – still be made.

Material: C2 Paint

Artist IG: @josiemorway

Sponsors: Town of Warren, Warren Arts and Cultural Commission


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