A public art project for Cleveland by Julia Christensen. Tracks ice coverage on Lake Erie in real time.
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Waiting for a Break is supported by the following partners:




LAND Studio has provided generous funding and infrastructural support as a part of the LANDFORM program, which is funded by The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation. This support includes project research, travel, on-site camera installation, and the public art piece on Public Square.



SPACES awarded Christensen a 2017 SPACES R&D Award, which provides funding and support for project research and a solo exhibition at the SPACES, opening in January 2018.



Stone Lab, the research center operated by the Ohio Sea Grant via The Ohio State University, is generously hosting several cameras for this project. For more than 100 years, Stone Lab has operated as one of Ohio’s premiere centers for freshwater biology research, outreach, and education. The center’s main campus extends between South Bass and Gibraltar Islands in the Sandusky Bay of Lake Erie. Special thanks to Christopher Winslow (Director, Ohio Sea Grant), Matt Thomas (Lab Manager, Stone Lab), George Oommen (Systems Developer, Ohio Sea Grant), and Eddie Herdendorf (Professor emeritus, The Ohio State University) for their indispensable assistance in the development of Waiting for a Break.




The Lake Erie Center at the University of Toledo is hosting a camera that provides a view of the Maumee Bay. The LEC is a major center for research about the environmental conditions and living and non-living aquatic resources in Maumee Bay and western Lake Erie. Currently, the LEC is an important hub for research about toxic blue algae; algae blooms in the lake continue to threaten the drinking supply of the city of Toledo, and increasingly, all of western Ohio.



At Oberlin College, extensive help has been provided by Ryan Miller (Oberlin College Network Administrator), Andrew Tripp (Assistant Director of Audio Services), with additional support from the Dean’s Office. Yuxun “Helen” He is the project’s student programmer and technical studio assistant. Helen is a double degree student simultaneously working towards a B.A. in Computer Science, and a B.M. in Technology in Music and Related Arts.