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.

   

Three Cranes for Jane
Rope, wood, paper, data
26" Hx20"x20", 2015

Part of the Sandy Rides Series, this piece translates weather data from Hurricane Sandy, recorded in Seaside Heights, NJ and Brooklyn, NY, on Oct 29, 2012. While wind, wave height, barometric pressure, temperature, storm surge and wind direction build the actual rides of roller coasters, a Ferris wheels and a merry-go-round, a more sinister narrative is suggested by the three cranes in being the essential building structures on which this storm plays itself out.