Heat Index is a neon work that responds to a recent public commission at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, which was originally inspired as a response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in July 2017. For Bowers, creating artworks that publicly address crucial issues in heightened political moments is one of the most rewarding aspects of her work as an artist. She believes President Trump and his government have opted to embrace “alternative facts” and all but eliminate the role of scientists in creating environmental policy, spurning the application of science as a tool for determining objective reality. Bowers offers a powerful response to the anti-science bias exemplified by some conservative media in the United States today. As we face a coordinated effort to fracture reality and render a unified opposition impossible, the work offers an affirmative, positive statement.