Beacon Project

Shoreline 2099

Because of climate change (and melting of the ice), the sea line is rising. Coastal cities are especially vulnerable. In the case of Halifax, a minimum rise of sea level from 0.70 to 1 meter from 2006 to 2099 is predicted. For this site-specific installation, lines on the ground will mark the water level predicted in 2099 in public sites, facing the water.

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“An echolocation is an active phenomenon which speaks to relationality and impact, and the cyclical capacity to transmit, listen and receive”. Such as the thematic of echolocation of this Festival, the intervention Shoreline 2099 communicates a phenomenon caused by the agency (relation, influence, connection, interaction) of humans with environment. Shoreline 2099 transmits a signal from nature for the public to receive and potentially respond to. Because of the melting of the glaciers due to climate change, the sea line is rising. Coastal cities are especially vulnerable to this fact. (1)

In the case of Halifax, a minimum rise of sea level from 0.70 to 1 meter
from 2006 to 2099 is predicted. (2) Water will submerge the boardwalks of the harbour and reach neighbouring buildings, including the Halifax Ferry Terminal and Maritime Museum. (3)

For this site-specific installation, reflective lines will mark the water level predicted in 2099. Marks will be at an altitude between 3 to 4 meters, taking into consideration current local high tides reaching an altitude of 1.8 meters. (4) Interventions will be located along the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalks (from the Ferry terminal to the Farmers' Market). It will permeates the Nocturne exhibition all week, reoccurring as visitors walk the event throughout the evening and will still be visible for passersby during the day.

1. Published article: https://globalnews.ca/news/5685318/mapping-of-canadian-coast/
2. Research: G.K. Manson, N.J. Couture, and T.S. James. Geological Survey of Canada: CanCoast 2.0: data and indices to describe the sensitivity of Canada's marine coasts to changing climate. Minister of Natural Resources Canada, 2019. https://geoscan.nrcan.gc.ca/geoscan-index.html
3. Simulation of water level available at: https://www.floodmap.net/?gi=6324729
4. Datas retrieved on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Website on March 2020: https://www.tides.gc.ca/eng/station?sid=490

Monday, October 12th Saturday, October 17th
12:00 AM until 12:00 AM
Add to Calendar 10/12/2020 12:00 AM 10/17/2020 12:00 AM America/Halifax Shoreline 2099

Because of climate change (and melting of the ice), the sea line is rising. Coastal cities are especially vulnerable. In the case of Halifax, a minimum rise of sea level from 0.70 to 1 meter from 2006 to 2099 is predicted. For this site-specific installation, lines on the ground will mark the water level predicted in 2099 in public sites, facing the water.

Multiple locations on Halifax Waterfront
Activism Roaming

Location

Halifax Waterfront

Multiple locations on Halifax Waterfront

Wheelchair accessible - Boardwalk is wheelchair accessible, the terrain is generally smooth wooden boardwalks