‘Breathe With Me’: New Yorkers asked to paint their breath

A Danish artist in New York wants to make breath visible with long blue strokes of paint.

Passers-by in New York are being asked to pause for a minute to paint a long blue line from top to bottom as they exhale.

The installation in Central Park was created by a Danish artist who wants to make breath visible with long blue strokes of watercolour, drawing attention to the fact that the air we breathe is part of our shared world and climate.

“Life begins with an inhale and ends with an exhale,” says the Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein, who says he keeps a diary of his owns breaths in watercolour lines.

The project, titled “Breathe With Me” and set to continue in other cities, began with the general assembly of world leaders at the United Nations, where Hein also set up dozens of canvases, roughly the size of a person.