Cold Front: Concerning the predicted 6 degree rise in temperature over the next hundred years. Fifty-two white pennants as ghosts of weekly average temperatures in 2010. Rising black pennants as a distant elegy for a century in the future. As seen in the forest surrounding Blue Hill Observatory in Northeastern United States in late winter 2011.
This work translates harsh data about likely temperature rise due to anthropogenic forced warming of our planets atmosphere over the next century from abstract complex and distant scientific prediction into a poetic narrative in which two lines of flags extending into the distant snowy forest imagine absence and mourning as the wind and late afternoon light move through the scene.
Part of a larger body of work entitled Test Site, which creates works that tell the story of the slow observations and collecting of meteorological observers at one of the oldest meteorological observatories in the United States. Created as gifts to the site and the observers, these works offer us images to engage our imagination and wonder around issues that otherwise feel exhausting and oversaturated.