Vital Signs

Vital Signs

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I created a site specific work for Storm King Art Center’s 2018 show, Indicators: Artists on Climate Change. Vital Signs is an interactive weather station, whose ten elements refer to the disappearance of Arctic ice and the way scientists study its decline in a shifting climate. The cylindrical shape of each element recalls the storage tubes used to house ice core samples collected by paleo-climatologists to study climate history. As the dark blue area on each cylinder grows, the white surface diminishes by thirteen percent per cylinder, which corresponds to the predicted decrease in Arctic sea ice per decade relative to the 1981 to 2010 average. Likewise, each cylinder gets taller in reference to the predicted 33 millimeters of sea level rise per decade. These changes in color, height, and surface material from one cylinder to the next make visible the accelerated increase in dark oceanic water due to climate change, which results in further melting of arctic ice sheets—a phenomenon called the Arctic amplification effect. Vital Signs invites visitors to engage with the collection of data, and experience the temperature differentials between the dark and light areas as well as the volumetric change in ice melting by interacting with each element. Mirrored aluminum tops the middle cylinder, reflecting the faces of visitors and sky above. The instrument at the top of the pole gathers real-time climate data from weather measurement devices.

Vital Signs

Hara Woltz
by Hara Woltz
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2018
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tags: climate change , climate grief

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