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.

   

O Fortuna, Sandy Spins (Front)
Reed, wood, rope, bamboo, weather data 2013

One of the most enduring images of Hurricane Sandy for me were the photographs of the Star Jet Rollercoaster from Seaside Heights, NJ, washed away from its pier mooring, and the eery, desolate and damaged area of the Coney Island amusement rides. These wrecks, as seen from the shore, became an ominous and emblematic image of changing weather and ocean conditions due to climate change.This piece takes weather and ocean data from Coney Island, NY and Seaside Heights,NJ during Oct 29, when Sandy took a ride on both the Jet Star Roller coaster and Deno's Wonder Wheel.