NATHALIE MIEBACH

More than any other storm since Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy was a rude wake-up call that the effects of Climate Change to coastal communities. Some of the most iconic images of destruction were those of amusement park rides on the New Jersey and New York shorelines. Build of weather and ocean data from weather stations or ocean buoys, the numerical data builds the rides that also function as metaphors. While at first encounter the pieces appear as playful amusement park rides, a darker, more absurd narrative emerges about the implications for the future.

   

The Last Ride
38(h)x31(l)x26(w), 2012
reed, wood, data

One of the most enduring images of Hurricane Sandy was the photograph of the Star Jet Rollercoaster from Seaside Heights, NJ, washed away from its pier mooring. Its wreck, as seen from the shore, became an ominous and emblematic image of changing weather and ocean conditions due to climate change.

This piece translates weather and ocean data from Oct 29-30, when Hurricane Sandy took the last ride on the Star Jet Rollercoaster.