WAITING FOR A BREAK | Julia Christensen : Waiting for a Break
A public art project for Cleveland by Julia Christensen. Tracks ice coverage on Lake Erie in real time.
Christensen, Cleveland, Public Art, Waiting for a Break
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Waiting for a Break is a living, interdisciplinary art project by Julia Christensen that transmits live feeds of Lake Erie’s winter ice as it forms, shifts, and eventually breaks––in real time––throughout the winter of 2017-2018. Christensen installed cameras on South Bass and Gibraltar Islands in the Sandusky Bay, and in the Maumee Bay, points on the western end of Lake Erie integral to tourism, industry, and the greater watershed. The feeds from these networked cameras allow the public to peer into the lake’s nuanced winter activity from the land.


In the Great Lakes region, everyone is waiting for that winter ice to break, the joyous sign that spring has finally come to the region. Ironically, reliable ice on the Great Lakes is a good thing, an indicator of a healthy climate and a healthy ecosystem.


A large outdoor video kiosk on Public Square will broadcast the feeds all winter long, supported by a commission from LAND Studio (as a part of LANDFORM). A solo exhibition nearby at SPACES Gallery provides an immersive viewing of art pieces derived from the feeds in a gallery setting (as a part of the R+D Artist program).


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