Phase Change

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Phase Change
Photo Credit: Katie Siegner
Lead Artist(s):

Contributing Artist(s):
Daniel Dean
http://www.futures-north.com/

John Kim
http://www.futures-north.com/

Adam Marcus
http://www.futures-north.com/

Description:

Phase Change creatively re-presents the effects of climate change through an engaging and dynamic spatial construction of melting ice. The ephemeral installation consists of 12,000 pounds of ice harvested from Lake Calhoun (Dakota name “Bde Maka Ska”) in March 2016 and stored passively from March through June. This sculptural ice form faces a lattice of infra-red lamps that are programmed to fluctuate based on data derived from climate change research. The heat produced by the lights corresponds to historical and projected climate change data and melts the sculpture according to three different climate change scenarios: a pre-industrial simulation that depicts climatic conditions as if the industrial era never happened; the present day scenario; and the “worst case” scenario that demonstrates the effects of the most extreme climate change forecasts.

PROJECT LOCATION

Public Space
Phase Change was produced for the annual dusk-to-dawn arts festival Northern Lights in Minneapolis. The artwork was sited adjacent to Mill Ruins Park in the city's downtown, close to the Mississippi River and the historic Stone Arch Bridge.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Northern Lights.mn
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
30,000
under $50K
Grant
Private
Public
Festival, Installation
Electronics, Light, Metal, Mixed Media
2016
2017