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 Wavy Jane
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Reed, wood, rope, paper, data, 2014

Three iconic amusement park rides did battle with Super Storm 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.

One of the macabre aspects of amusement parks wrecked by storms, is that future rides will often reference the very storms that destroyed them and seek to replicate some of the destruction caused by it. Thus, the Wavy Jane is "the new ride" that seeks to replicate the storm surge, ripping houses off their foundations and washing them off to sea.