ARTS & COLLECTIBLES
TIDAL, is an interactive public art installation that utilizes critical data points to spark an open conversation.
TIDAL was designed by The Urban Conga as an engaging art installation, utilizing key data points from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to spark an open dialogue around climate change through play. The design uses play methodologies as critical tools for breaking down barriers and creating an opportunity for reflection and discussion.
TIDAL sits at the entryway to the new Shore Acres Community Recreation Center in St. Petersburg, FL. The space is a communal hub where people in the neighborhood come together regularly to connect and engage with one another. The work was designed as an ever-changing community landmark that responds to the people, the surrounding landscape, and their interactions. The design of the form was generated using data from the NOAA indicating the projected sea-level rise of nine feet relative to the resilient goal of a two-foot rise in the next seventy-eight years. TIDAL’s design utilizes the NOAA data and average tidal patterns of the area to create a series of flowing pillars that reflect and refract the surrounding context. The pillars act like breaking waves along the main pathway leading people in and out of the building. These pillars act similar to a pier’s columns by becoming indicators of tidal change data and water rise over time. As people walk by each unit, they illuminate from within, revealing perforated data points generated from the average local tidal patterns. The pillars remain briefly illuminated and fade away, much like the ocean watermarks left behind on the piers as the tides change over time. This responsive nature of the work showcases how our actions can create an immediate reaction. As people continue to pass by, they begin to see themselves reflected on the work itself, and how the angle at which they view the work begins to change its color. These experiences evoke an internal reflection through the playful interactions of the work. TIDAL uses its playful design to spark conversations with the users, the architecture, the landscape.
The installation uses motion sensors to trigger the lights as people pass by the artwork.
TIDAL is made of recyclable polycarbonate and aluminum fabricated locally in St. Petersburg, FL., to help mitigate the carbon footprint of the artwork. The work contains low-powered lighting and sits within a permeable planter bed to help with rainwater collection. TIDAL utilizes its playable design to spark an open dialogue to help us on the journey to a more resilient future for our planet.