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 Mall.
 
 
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.
The 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.
The 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.
Continuing 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.

Located at 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 2017.

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.

ArtCenter/South 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.

Exhibitions 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.

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