Build Me a Platform, High in the
Trees, so I May See the Waters
Wood, paper, fiber, data
The piece is about four different
flooding events that have impacted Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina.
In each of these events, the flood arrived differently. During
Katrina, the water came in form of a quickly, rising rushing river.
In August 2016, it arrived softly, persistently over 2 day period
drip after drip, bringing over 2 feet of water. In the
Mississippi Delta, the flood comes even more quietly, through
the interplay of slowly rising seas and the sinking of the wetlands.
The recent Mississippi River flooding is a continuation of a long
history of river cresting since the early days of levees building.
Using weather data from each of these events, these four narratives
build the visual drama of this piece. Underlying it all, is another
visual narrative that asks how we will we come to terms with increased