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The Watermarks Project [watermarksproject.org] is a public art project that explores the generally accepted prediction of the sea levels rising, due to climate change. A series of large-scale 'flood marks' showing potential future high water levels were projected on to the facades of buildings across the centre of Bristol (UK). The projections show how high water levels could potentially rise as the sea inundates the central, low lying areas of a city. By displaying these levels in real space, the project aimed to help the audience imagine the depth and extent of this potential future flooding in the context of a familiar environment.

Strongly reminded me of Climate Change High Water Line.

Similarly, the Climate on the Wall [digitalurbanliving.dk] project used a prominent building in the city centre of Aarhus as a backdrop for an interactive generator of climate-related statements. You can watch the interactive projection in action in the movie below.

Via Digital Experience.

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I was wondering why they use projections instead of e.g. stickers or something else that would be visible in daylight as well. I found in the project proposal that the use of projection is an essential part of the concept:

The use of projection as a way of producing these level markers is significant. The prediction of future events based on present trends is spoken of as a projection (e.g. stock market projections) The relationship between projected images and the projected data on which they are based is symbolically significant. Projections are impermanent fleeting, made only of light and do not materially affect the surfaces on which they fall. In the same way, projections of future events are provisional - never ‘carved in stone’ whereas actual historical events of ten quite literally are.

Mon 24 Aug 2009 at 8:06 PM
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