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 Jet Star of the Future
Reed, wood, rope, paper, data, 2013

The piece contains two narratives that are interwoven. First, there is the story of the night Hurricane Sandy slammed and destroyed the Jet Star Rollercoaster, in Seaside Heights. The rollercoaster is entirely build of weather data from local weather stations at Seaside Heights and ocean buoys that tracked Hurricane Sandy’s path during the night of Oct 29, 2012. The second story is the interaction between the dragon (Hurricane Sandy) and the crane, suggesting what a future version of the Jet Star might look like.