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 Ride
22"x22"x32"(h), 2015
Weather data, fiber rush, paper, yarn, wood, foam

This piece is part of a collaboration between music composer Christian Gentry and myself. After seeing my work on Hurricane Sandy, Christian wrote a score called “the Ride” that is based on the demise of the Jet Star Rollercoaster at Seaside Heights and Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn, NY. I then used his score as a guide to translate weather data from both locations into a sculpture. The piece was performed by the Dinosaur Annex at the MIT Museum on April 26, 2015.