The project comprises lichen objects and signs that display species of lichen that can be found in the neighborhoods around 14th Street [in New York City]. Lichens nearly disappeared from the city by the late 1960s largely due to air pollution. After the Clean Air Act (1970) and more recently NYV Clean Heat (2012), air quality has improved and lichens have been returning. An organism you might walk by without noticing, is an important bioindicator. this is also a reminder that air quality health issues and the pandemic have impacted and continue to impact New Yorkers unevenly.
Yamamoto, Lynne, "Ever Here" (2021). Art: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.