Walked a total of 13.5Km / 8.39Mi today. Unfortunately a lot of Atlantic City is at risk of being flooded by rising sea levels.
Anthony, a local surfer, discussed how beach erosion is a serious problem in Atlantic City and in an effort to remediate the problem, the city takes sand from the bay, which is known to be contaminated and deposits it on the beach to try and replenish the sand; however it’s washed away before too long.
He also works as a heating and cooling technician and talked about how, after Hurricane Sandy, new houses are being required to be build on stilts; however, the households’ heating and cooling equipment is still placed under the houses and therefore is susceptible to being damaged by flooding, which would also result in spreading hazardous material – such as fiberglass etc.
This family had just moved to the area and fortunately had not experienced any floods yet. Other people I spoke with in the neighborhood said the area has a history of flooding.
Tyrone said he’s lived in Atlantic City all his life and more recently people are seeing water flooding streets it never has before.
HEAVY RAIN in Baltimore today.
During the performance action, my phone kept signally alarms to indicate the risk of flash flooding in the area.
And there certainly was a lot of water accumulating. Nothing like what Ellicott City saw today though (just 35 min west of Baltimore): https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/27/us/ellicott-city-maryland-flooding/index.html
Unreal! And it’s exactly this – these unbelievably severe weather events that we’re experiencing more regularly it seems – nearly every week there’s something in the news… that inspired this project. I’m not an activist; I’m an artist and a concerned citizen.
DAY 1 of PROVISIONS FOR BUOYANCY performance action series! Launched today in Washington, DC – Capitol of the US!
Today I had many conversations with those enjoying the park, monument and memorials on the first day of memorial day weekend. The day started out sunny and hot and by the late afternoon, rain clouds rolled in.
Here’s a map of today’s route:
Additional maps are post below, sourced from the NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Indicator to illustrate what areas would be at risk of flooding by a 6ft rise in sea levels in addition to what the current water level is.
A few images from today:
Below are two maps: one illustrates current water levels in Washington, DC and the other indicates what areas would be impacted by a 6′ rise in sea levels; both are screen captures from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administrations’ (NOAA) Sea Level Rise Viewer.
Provisions for Buoyancy is a project to encounter and engage – if you see, come talk to me.
With one week to go before I launch PROVISIONS FOR BUOYANCY, Performance Action Series, it’s been raining non-stop in Washington, DC.
Over the past few days I’ve observed numerous, Severe Weather Alerts interrupting media broadcasts and sent via sms to inform area residents of current flooding & flood risks.
I found out recently that the work I develop this spring will be exhibited in December of 2018 at the The Greater Reston Arts Center in the Mary B Howard Invitational: STRETCH Exhibition, curated by Don Russell – who is the Director of The Provisions Research Center for Arts and Social Change and University Curator at George Mason University, The School of Art.