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Friday, June 02, 2017
Climate Sync? Upside down temperature/clock (Miami,FL.)
The temperature readings and time display on this public clock are upside down? Yes - on purpose: Provocative outdoor LED reaches millions on one of America's busiest pedestrian sites.
Climate Sync by the artist Tom Scicluna is a public art intervention exploring the issues of sea level rise and will remain on view for a year, through May of 2018.
The artist raises awareness about the ticking time-bomb of climate change with
his startling upside-down clock and temperature displays - sending a
timely message to the six million people who walk across Lincoln Road
ArtCenter/South Florida Presents: Climate Sync by Tom Scicluna
On view May 2017 - May 2018 at ArtCenter/South Florida on Lincoln Road Mall/Miami Beach
Climate Sync by Tom Scicluna is an inverted yet fully operational alternating time and temperature display unit installed above the main entrance to the ArtCenter/South Florida, located at 924 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. The
commercially produced upside-down LED display critically invokes
geographic, social and economic conditions at play concerning the given
South Florida environment.
Scicluna’s Climate Sync is part of SEA LEVEL RISE:
a series of site-specific temporary public art interventions exploring
the topic of rising seas and its impact on South Florida, organized by
Art in Public Places of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
and the University of Miami School of Communication.
temperature readings and time display are upside down, on purpose. This
provocative outdoor LED is meant to reach millions on one of America's
busiest pedestrian sites. The artist raises awareness about the ticking time-bomb of climate change
with this art installation. The upside-down time and temperature call
attention to this GPS tracker display unit that will remain on view for
one year, through May of 2018. More than six million people will walk across Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach during this time.
new art intervention is meant to alarm passersby who are accustomed to
seeing the nearby landmark clock on the rooftop of the 407 building on
Lincoln Road . . .
. . . the original mid-century clock (pictured above), has been familiar to pedestrians for decades. Climate Sync's
message serves as a counterpoint and a wake-up call to citizens, with
its startling upside-down temperature and time display . . .
The outdoor Lincoln Road Mall is one of America's busiest pedestrian centers, attracting more than six million people per year.
Tom Scicluna is a Miami-based artist. Some of his past exhibitions include: Some Aesthetic Decisions: Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (forthcoming); New Work Miami 2013, at Miami Art Museum; Night Shift, at the Bass Museum of Art; and Rendez-Vous 08, at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France.
a trajectory of contemporary artists' radical engagement with ecology
and environmentalism, Art in Public Places of Miami-Dade County
Department of Cultural Affairs and the University of Miami School of
Communication are pleased to announce SEA LEVEL RISE, a series of
site-specific temporary public art interventions exploring the topic of
rising seas and its impact in South Florida.
scattered sites throughout Miami-Dade County and ranging from
installations to film screenings to event-based interventions, artworks
will take place throughout a year of programming launching in April of
In an effort to bring broader awareness to the topic, each
artist has been paired with a student(s) from the University of Miami
School of Communication to produce a short documentary video on each
project as part of their class curriculum.
Support for SEA LEVEL RISE is provided by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
About ArtCenter/South Florida:ArtCenter/South
Florida was founded by Ellie Schneiderman in the spring of 1984 on
Lincoln Road in Miami Beach as an organization to address the
community’s cultural needs.
Today, ArtCenter is credited as
being the catalyst for the revitalization of Lincoln Road and its
surrounding areas, having provided studio residencies and exhibition
opportunities to more than 1,000 visual artists, while also offering art
classes and outreach programs to the community.
Florida prides itself in being one of the few institutions in South
Florida that grants free admission to all of its exhibitions and other
public programming in an effort to make the arts accessible to all.
and programs at ArtCenter/South Florida are made possible with the
support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the
Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of
County Commissioners; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; and
the State of Florida, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural
Affairs, the Florida Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts;
and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more information, visit artcentersf.org. ArtCenter’s Miami Beach studios and offices are located at 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-674-8278.