‘Breathe with Me’ – a public art action for the world, conceived and executed by Jeppe Hein with ART 2030 – invites everyone to paint their individual breath onto large canvases in the shape of vertical blue lines – one for every exhale – raising awareness that the air we breathe is part of our connected world and climate. The large-scale public participatory artwork in support of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals will be on display at UN Headquarters from 21 to 24 September (visitors’ lobby), and in Central Park from 25 to 27 September (enter at 72nd Street).

Opening at UN Headquarters:

WHEN: Saturday, 21 September, 11:30am -12:00pm

WHERE: Visitors Lobby, United Nations Headquarters

WHO: The Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, H.E. Martin Bille Hermann; the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake; the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen; UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Aidan Gallagher: artist Jeppe Hein: and ART 2030 founder and directorLuise Faurschou will deliver brief remarks, moderated by UN Under-Secretary- General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming. They will then paint the first brush strokes onto the canvas.

WHAT: Creating an artwork with the painted breath of every participant, ‘Breathe with Me’visualizes our individual awareness as well as a collective breath for the world and for the climate we all share. Through parallel installations at UNHQ and in Central Park, connecting world leaders at the UN with the wider public in the city, the artwork promotes the vital narrative that decision makers and the people alike share a common responsibility: to take action for a healthy world. Starting on the day of the UN Youth Climate Summit (21 September), ART 2030 and Jeppe Hein aim to engage people throughout New York City and, virtually, across the globe.

More information and contacts:

UN high-level week:
Breathe with Me: — Press release:
UN Department of Global Communications: Esra Sergi,, +1 917 367 8304
Breathe with Me: Sarah Greenberg,, +44 786 654 3242
Social media: #BreatheWithMe #ActNow #ClimateAction #BreatheLife @breathewithmeandtheworld @art2030org

Issued by the UN Department of Global Communications – 17 September 2019