Read more about Michele Oka Doner’s project here, in the Miami Herald.


DISTRIBUTION SITES: Booklets are available on a first come - first serve basis, and are available (while supplies last) at the following venues:

-Pérez Art Museum Miami
-Rubell Museum
-MOCA North Miami
-The Bass
-The Wolfsonian  
-Oolite Arts
-Bakehouse Art Complex
-Center for Subtropical Affairs

TAKE ACTION FOR THE BAY: For more info and steps we can take to support the ecosystems that support us, The Field School has assembled a list of individual actions, and collective policy actions, that we can enact to reduce the harm we cause to Biscayne Bay.

Miami Waterkeepers coordinated a life-support system to add oxygen into Biscayne Bay this Summer and continue to seek volunteers for 1,000 Eyes on the Water, their rapid response team, to provide ongoing community science reports on the situation in Biscayne Bay.
Michele Oka Doner
Miami Art Week, Various Locations

An artist book advocating for Biscayne Bay seagrass restoration by Michele Oka Donor launching during Miami Art Week.

“Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach has lost over twenty miles of seagrass in the past decade, dramatic die-off only worsening.” Contained in Michele Oka Doner’s handmade artist book, Thalassia, is a stark depiction of an ecosystem collapsing.

Sensitively marked on paper that has been embedded with Turtle Grass, Doner’s writing and ink drawings lay out the role this plant species plays in the health of the marine environment that Miami, and all its inhabitants, are inextricably tied to. First reported on August 10th, 2020, Biscayne Bay experienced an unprecedented fish kill this Summer, with thousands of organisms washing ashore as a result of a drop in oxygen levels in the Bay. The ongoing degradation of the Bay’s tropical seagrass has resulted in a temporarily anoxic environment, an organism without lungs.

To help catalyze the regeneration of this critical ecosystem, excerpts of Thalassia have been reproduced as a free printed booklet for distribution as a part of WATERPROOF MIAMI, a collaboration between Bas Fisher Invitational and Bridge Initiative. WATERPROOF commissions artist projects that address environmental issues impacting South Florida. Booklets will be available for people to pick up at cultural institutions across the city, with a running list of distribution spots available on the left of this page.

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist and author. Her artwork is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, which she first encountered as a child growing up in Miami Beach. Her artistic production encompasses sculpture, public art, prints, drawings, functional objects, artist books other five other media. She is well known for creating over 40 public and private art installations, including A Walk on the Beach at Miami International Airport, seen by 40,000,000 travelers a year. She has authored or been the subject of eight books. Oka Doner has received grants from the Knight Foundation, the New York State Council of the Arts and others; and awards from the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists, Pratt Institute and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate and MFA degrees.

Represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York, her work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Chicago Art Institute, collections at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Michigan, the Louvre, Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and many other museums internationally.