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.

   

I Dreamed She’ll Ride Us All Again
Reed, wood, rope, data
24”x24”x28”, 2014

Three iconic amusement park rides did battle with Hurricane Sandy during the night of Oct 29-30, 2012: Deno’s Wonder Wheel in Coney Island, The Star Jet Rollercoaster in Seaside Heights and Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn. Two survived and one did not. Using weather and ocean data from all three locations, this piece translates the weather conditions these rides endured during the Hurricane. Rather than rebuilding the actual rides, the data is broken up and spread out over a series of rides that seem to exist both above and below water. The absurdity of the rides explores our complicated relationship with the seashore in this age of Climate Change. They also offer a glimpse of what these rides might look like in the future if we persist to build our places of amusement right at the edge between water and land.