Awakenings, King Tides, & Variable Boundaries
The first King Tides of 2017 arrived a few days earlier and a little higher than expected this week. Intense rainfall around high tide on Monday morning caused significant flooding in the area, particularly on the Peninsula, and tidal inundation of low-lying areas is anticipated through at least this weekend. Is this a glimpse into our future?
That's a question that Enough Pie, a local non-profit "that helps awaken and connect the stakeholders of the Upper Peninsula of Charleston to shape the development of our community using artistic collaborations, dynamic partnerships, creative placemaking, and civic engagement as tools" is asking citizens to ponder over the next month. Awakening V: King Tide kicks off this Saturday and continues through May 25th (bookended by the King Tides of April & May).
I'm on the steering committee consisting of scientist, artists, engineers, organizations, and thought leaders that have been assembling and programming public art installations, workshops, and talks throughout the duration the program that raises awareness to the rising tides and flooded streets. It's been an incredible experience interacting with the diverse committee that was assembled by Enough Pie, and I'm excited for the incredible month of programming.
I'm also a participating artist in the event, displaying prints from my Variable Boundaries series at the Dart Library and Joseph Floyd Manor. Photos from the series have also been used in promotional materials for and about Awakening V. A summary of various coverage is provided below. Click on an image to view the original article.
Mary Edna Fraser 100-foot banner unfurled to kick off Awakening V: King Tides Charleston City Paper, Friday, April 28th
Seven public art projects to call attention to climate change, rising sea levels Post & Courier, Saturday, April 22nd