Antediluvian is a public art project of a flooded gas station in Washington DC- HAS BEEN POSTPONED
mia feuer
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
United States
1 Team Member


Hello Everyone! I am sorry to say, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities informed my team and I that Antediluvian will NOT be included in this fall's 5x5 Public Art festival.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project! Please stay tuned for future plans! To all my donors, you will get all your money returned at the end of this campaign. 

Thanks again

My goal is to present an unforgettable image in the US Capital that captures our dangerous addiction to petroleum. I hope this piece can provoke dialogue amongst everyday citizens and policy-makers alike inspiring them to rethink and even transform attitudes and approaches to energy consumption and extraction.   

The project will be lit up by LED lights, which will shine down from underneath the canopy, creating a reflection in the water. My team and I have partnered with The Stella Group LTD and Kenergy Solar - a local DC organization who are ambassadors in solar energy -- who have donated solar panels, deep cycle batteries, charge controllers, inverters and solar engineers to power the project! LEDtronics has donated all of the LEDs lights! WindKinetic -- a visionary Italian wing energy company has given us a small vertical axis wind turbine to mount on the sculpture! WindKinetic is also developing a special Antediluvian app that will monitor levels of energy being generated on the sculpture as the sun shines and the wind blows, including a live video feed of the piece so anyone can see the sculpture at anytime during the duration of the installation! 



THANK YOU SO MUCH to our most AMAZING SPONSORS who are making this piece a bastion of clean and renewable energy!!!

What You Get

The good news is that we are offering a whole host of gifts in thanks for your donation to the project that are as awesome as the sculpture itself. We are including tote bags, bumper stickers, digital and original watercolor prints, a limited edition artist coloring book, original schematic drawings on letterpress, all done by myself and artist collaborators. If you happen to be really generous, you will receive a half size replica of the LED sign sculpture - or if you are super duper amazingly generous, you'll get the actual illuminated sign sculpture directly from the project. We are also offering donors the chance to attend a special preview kayak tour of the piece and a cookout on the island, with the myself (the artist), curator Stephanie Sherman and lead fabricator, Constantine Roumel.  

Vision + Impact

My work investigates landscapes destroyed or transformed by our dangerous relationship with non-renewable energy resources. My research has taken me from The Suez Canal, to the tar sands and reclamation sites of Northern Alberta, to The Arctic Circle.  

My solo exhibition An Unkindness at The Corcoran Gallery of Art this past winter explored these themes. The exhibition included massive sculptural installations and included a black hockey rink made of petroleum that museum visitors were invited to skate on. My exhibition at The Corcoran sparked a ton of conversation and press. Now, I'm super excited to engage even broader DC audiences through my first public work.

When curator Stephanie Sherman invited me to participate in the 5x5 public Arts Festival as part of the Near Futures curatorial concept, I felt it was a perfect fit. Near Futures approaches DC neighborhoods as landscapes for envisioning how current policies will affect future conditions. Projects bring people together through visions of energy, security, communication and migration.

I am so so so excited about this project! And a lot of other people are too! Kristen Kapps already wrote an article for The Atlantic ( which led to a video clip on NBC. where the vid clip???And more press is coming. And once the installation comes in, all of the press will be a crucial opportunity to get the message out about the project.

The Team


Mia Feuer | Artist

Mia is a Canadian installation artist that has been working in DC for the past five years. She works in a multitude of media and often her installations are site specific.  Mia is thrilled to present ANTEDILUVIAN- her first ever public art project. She has recently been hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California College of The Arts in San Francisco and Oakland.


Constantine Roumel | Lead Fabricator, Project Manager, Genius and Super Hero

Constantine has been building and creating ambitious and bizarre structures for almost three decades. He is highly skilled at working with a plethora of unconventional materials, but his specialty is metals.  He is a master problem solver, maker and thinker. 

Stephanie Sherman | Curator + Visionary

Stephanie Sherman is a curator and writer who who organizes projects rethinking public places, people, and poetics. She is the founder of Elsewhere--a living museum and residency program set in a former thrift store, Kulturpark--a research investigation of an abandoned amusement park, and Provisions Library's research residency program in Washington DC. She is currently working on a Phd in Art Theory and Practice at UC San Diego. She loves collaborating, building systems, and talking to strangers.

Josef Palermo | Production Assistant & Community Organizer

An artist, producer, and arts organizer, Josef Palermo has developed many creative community-based arts projects — from DC’s largest-ever temporary cultural destination, LUMEN8Anacostia (funded through the National Endowment for the Arts), to advising the National Symphony Orchestra on its first community outreach residency in a DC neighborhood. He formed VESTIBULE in 2011 to provide an entry space for emerging artists to create and show work, and for new audiences to interact with art through innovative and contrarian approaches to exhibition. As a performer, Josef has been seen in live performance art works and on film.

Jon Stahl | Videographer

Jon Stahl has worked in film and television production and development since 2009 - starting as a script reader for Apostle Pictures in New York. Since then, he has worked in the production offices of major feature films and television shows such as Young Adult, The Big C, and IFC’s Maron. In 2013, Jon signed on as a Producer for Kit Williamson and Go Team Entertainment on the independent web series Eastsiders. The series won LA Weekly’s Web Award for Best Dramatic Series, and aired as a TV Movie on LogoTV in 2014. Jon’s web series credits also include Associate Producer on Warner Bros.’ Robin Banks and the Bank Roberts, acquired by Maker Studios, and the dark comedy series Red Scare, a vampire murder mystery taking place in a fallout shelter during the Cold War. Jon graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 where he earned a Fine Arts Degree in Film Production. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Sky McKinney | Antarctic Weather Station Engineer and Super-Dad
I wrote my first computer program at 6 and my first video game at 8. I have been working in the construction industry specializing in electrical and hvac contracting since I was 8. My first business venture was selling golf balls, sodas, and beers on the 3rd tee of the golf course I lived next to when I was 10.  I studied electrical engineering and computer science in school and worked my way up from printer repair man to systems engineer for Wells Fargo's private client services - maintaining their securities trading database. I started my own computer sales and service company in 1999 and opened a store front specializing in computer sales, service and integration/ home theater/ and home automation in 2005 . I have been going to Antarctica once or twice a year to maintain an  ecological/education base station that is solely powered by renewable energy since my daughter was born in 2009. With her birth, my primary focus has been on training her to survive in this ever changing world and trying to preserve the quality of life that I have grown up with for her and future generations.
Leon Paulos | Fabrication, Ideas and Defender of Truth, Beauty and Symmetry

Noted for his multitude of fabrication skills and creative input for complicated design, Leon has extensive experience for a consultant for many artists, architects and designers in The Bay Area. His reputation as an expert craftsperson and fabricator qualifies him to work on one of a kind projects that require deep and thorough knowledge of durable materials such as bronze, aluminum and stainless steel.

Kevin Good  (Solar Kev) | Solar Advisor

Kevin Good is the founder and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area's Sun's Free Solar.  Since 2008, Sun's Free has installed hundreds of photovoltaic (pv) systems and always with the quality of workmanship and attention to detail that only a micro company can deliver.

The only question we has for Kevin is, "are you doing this to save the planet, say 'screw you to big energy', line your pockets or suit your already inflated ego"?To which Kevin leans back in his chair and grins a sinister grin then answers, "yes".

Colleen Garibaldi | Neighborhood Liaison and Incidental Land Surveyor

Colleen Garibaldi lives and works in Hill East, a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill in Washington DC, her hometown of more than 30 years. Her creative life has encompassed a variety of vehicles including photography, architecture and design, painting and drawing. After a hiatus from fine art to concentrate on a career in architecture, Colleen has recently returned to her painting practice and is concentrating on making a new body of work.

Park Swan | Spirit Guide, Installer, Land Surveyor, Sculptor, all around support 

Park Swan just graduated with his BFA from George Mason U.  He is a highly skilled craftsman and entrepreneur.  He runs his own wood shop creates original wooden functional objects and furniture.

Scott Sklar | Clean Energy Advisor

Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, since 2000, which facilitates clean distributed energy. specializing on blending technologies and financing for projects, assisting companies to scale-up market penetration, and facilitating federal and state polices to expand markets

Previously, Sklar served as Executive Director for 15 years of two national trade associations concurrently, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Prior of running trade associations, Sklar was Political Director of The Solar Lobby for two years,  -- a renewable energy advocacy group founded by the big nine US environmental organizations. And for three years previous to joining the advocacy organization, served as Washington Director for two years and Acting RD&D Director for one year of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a federally-funded applied technology institution. Sklar started his energy career serving as a military and energy aide to Senator Jacob K Javits (NY) on his Washington personal and Committee staff for nine years, and cofounded the Congressional Solar caucus in the mid-1970’s

He serves on the Boards of Directors of two national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change), and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition. Sklar has coauthored two books, “The Forbidden Fuel: A History of Power Alcohol, published in 1985 which is updated and was updated and re-released in 2010 by University of Nebraska Press, and a “Consumer Guide to Solar Energy” first published in 1998 and is in its third publishing.

Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching a unique multidisciplinary sustainable energy course, and is an Affiliate Professor at CATIE, a United Nations-founded sustainable development university based in Costa Rica. On January 2014  Sklar was appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee to serve as a stakeholder representative on the committee, representing the Academic sector.

Much much love,

Mia Feuer, artist

Constantine Roumel, fabricator

Stephanie Sherman, curator

Josef Palermo, production assistant + community organizer

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    a personal thank you on Near Futures website

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    a personal thank you photograph postcard of the finished project sent from the capitol

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    says: "water water everywhere"

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    canvas tote designed and printed by Mia Feuer and Cory Burnat (DC graphic designer), bumper sticker and postcard from installation (extra $20 required for international shipping)

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    a limited edition watercolor print of the installation by Mia Feuer, tote, bumper sticker and post card (extra $20 required for international shipping)

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    special edition hand-made artist coloring book drawn and composed by Mia Feuer + a package of everything below (extra $20 required for international shipping)

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  • $500USD

    a schematic drawing/blueprint of Antediluvian gas station printed on letterpress by (NY Artist) Amanda Thackray + a one-on-one Skype chat with artist- Mia about anything/everything you want! (extra $20 required for international shipping)

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    8.5 x 11 original watercolor by artist Mia Feuer (additional $20 required for international shipping)

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    join artist Mia Feuer, fabricator Constantine Roumel, curator Stephanie Sherman and members of the Water and Gas Advisory Council for a special invite-only kayak preview tour and island reclamation bbq FRIDAY SEPT 12 2014. (does not include transportation to DC) + original water color painting

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    illuminated sculptural replica of 14 segment LED display sign that is on sculpture (approx 1/4 size // 1ft x 18") + invitation to kayak preview tour and island bbq September 12, 2014 + original watercolor painting

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    specially programed, animated and illuminated 2 digit/ 14 segment display from the Antediluvian sculpture (3' x 2.5' x 4") -invitation to kayak preview tour and island reclamation cookout with artist team on friday, september 12, 2014 -original watercolor painting and letterpress schematic drawing will ship anywhere is US or Canada, international shipping can be arranged for a fee

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