Image: 'Breathe with Me' in Central Park, an Art Project for the World by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030. Photo by Jan Strempel © Jeppe Hein
Life begins with an inhale and ends with an exhale. In-between we all breathe and live different lives. And yet, each breath keeps us together, connected, sharing the same air. - Jeppe Hein
On September 21-27 Breathe with Me, a global art project by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030, launched to bring the entire world together with one simple, universal action: breathing.
The public art installation Breathe with Me invites audiences to create a piece of art together, by painting their breath in the form of two blue lines, painted as they exhale in long downward brush strokes. While everyone paints the lines of their breath differently, together the lines form part of a universal whole. While reflecting on the potential of collaborative and community action, the project also raises awareness that the air we breathe is part of our connected world and climate.
Breathe with Me launched to great success inside the United Nations Headquarters and in Central Park, as part of ART 2030 New York during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly and coinciding with the UN Climate Action Summit. At the same time, Breathe with Me educational, digital and community activations, also took place across the city and the world.
The biggest art project staged in the Central Park in over a decade, Breathe with Me reached a potential estimate of over 93 million people in New York and beyond.