Futures North, Phase Change
Phase Change epresents the effects of climate change through an engaging and dynamic spatial construction of melting ice. The ephemeral installation consists primarily of 12,000 pounds of ice harvested from Lake Calhoun in March 2016 and stored passively from March-June. The sculptural ice form faces a lattice of infra-red lamps that are programmed with data derived from climate change data to signify our changing climate. The lights’ heat intensifies based on climate change data to melt the sculpture in sections corresponding to both historical and projected climate change data. The three sections of the melted form visualize three climate change scenarios: a pre-industrial simulation that depicts climatic conditions as if the industrial era never happened; the present-day scenario; and the “worst-case” scenario that demonstrates the effects of the most extreme climate change forecasts.
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