ABOUT Climate Signals

Engaging NYC in the climate conversation

Climate Signals was a citywide outdoor installation by artist Justin Brice Guariglia. The exhibition consisted of ten solar-powered highway signs flashing text to draw passers-by into the climate conversation. Climate Signals was presented by the Climate Museum in partnership with the Mayor’s Office — Climate Policy and Programs, and it ran from September 1 - November 6.

Signs were located across all five boroughs of New York City, to celebrate the diversity of the City with their placement. Each sign featured languages commonly spoken in its neighborhood.

Eighteen programmatic partners, including social justice organizations, scientific research consortia, local environmental advocacy groups, established museums, and more, co-presented events at or near the exhibition sites to build understanding of and engagement with climate change. This programming ensured that the work had a meaningful impact on civic culture and community life.

Climate Signals was designed to break the climate silence and encourage thought, dialogue, and action to address the greatest challenge of our time.



Justin Brice Guariglia


Over the last two decades, the artist and environmental activist Justin Brice Guariglia (b. 1974) has developed a unique transdisciplinary art practice working in collaboration with scientists, philosophers, and journalists to explore the important ecological issues of our time. In 2016, Guariglia became the first artist to fly on earth science missions with NASA. His solo show Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, which debuted at the Norton Museum of Art in 2017, received a 2017 NEA grant, and will open in September 2018 at the Fisher Museum of Art at USC in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles county, and his work is currently on view at Storm King Art Center. Guariglia is a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University, a Woods Hole Research Center Fellow, an Artist-in-Residence at the Anchorage Museum, and he continues to fly with NASA/JPL’s OMG mission through 2020.