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Climate Clocks (Abstraction Devices)
San Diego, CA

Three paintings on the faces of three 4' diameter rolls of paper are driven by motors and attached to empty hubs. They unroll over 50 years onto the hubs, based on the pace of climate change projections. Each unrolls according to the data that the image represents: sea level rise (the ocean nearest the library), yearly maximum temperature (a wooded canyon nearby), and dry periods in the county (the water reservoir that feeds the area.) As climate change progresses, figuration turns into abstraction.

Hillcrest / Mission Hills Branch Library, San Diego
Commissioned by The City of San Diego
4' X 80' X 9"

For further information on the science behind the piece, and references for the library signage see: Climate Clocks science page

Paintings by Kathryn Goshorn
from photographs by Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Science consultant: Dr. David W. Pierce, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Mechanical and computer engineers: Alpha Proto, Orlando, Florida
software: Brandon Aleson and Gary Stein
project manager of mechanical and software fabrication and installation: David Jurist
project managers for the City: J Noland, Christine Jones
studio assistants: Kyle Hittmeier, Tamara Johnson

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