Art as Geotherapy

Mara_Oyster_IslandWhen Henry Hudson first landed in New York, New York Harbor was home to 350 miles of oyster reef spanning the distance between Coney Island and Poughkeepsie. By the turn of the twentieth century, the one time "Oyster Capital of the World" was no more as its oyster population fell to zero due to over-harvesting, pollution, and disease.

New York City is about to launch a large-scale campaign to restore its oyster beds by creating shoreline protection and habitat for over 200 forms of aquatic life. One artist, Mara G. Haseltine, has joined the fight.