FISH PRINTS

Images of fish appear on many urban storm drains. They're meant to discourage polluters, a reminder that the gutter drains to the sea.  In New York, they're often accompanied by the phrase, "Dump No Waste. Drains to Waterways."  

In 2014, I started making rubbings of these fish, using crayon and tracing paper, rice paper or parchment. The images (and the stylized signature) are a play on Japanese-style fish prints.  In addition to New York City, I've also made rubbings of fish on drains in Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey and Anchorage.  

To me, this project is about the connection between our urban environment and nature—a connection that is easily overlooked but very real. 

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