The climate change clues hidden in the work of Canaletto – Royal Museums Greenwich

"Il Canal Grande e la chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute" by Canaletto (courtesy of Accademia di Carrara Bergamo CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia).

Canaletto’s paintings of Venice portray an apparently timeless city. But look a little closer, and all is not as it seems..

For 150 years, tide gauges have recorded the sea level around the city of Venice. These careful, consistent measurements help Venetians understand the risk of flooding in their city, and are also used by scientists to predict how fast sea levels may rise in the future…

Six Art Installations Making Sea Level Rise Visible – Metropolis

Waterlicht Museumplein Amsterdam by Daan Roosegaarde (Studio Roosegaarde CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr).

Around the globe, artists are reckoning with climate change and finding new ways to render the impacts of rising seas legible…

“Quite often on the news you’ll see these graphs showing sea level rise and flooding levels, and it can be quite hard to grasp the magnitude of it all,” says architect Andre Kong. “With something that devastating, how can you understand what it actually looks like and what it actually means?

‘Sand is like gold.’ The pricey race to restore Florida beaches before the next hurricane – KOAM News Now

Miami Beach Lifeguard Towers Collage (by Anthony Quintano CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

For decades, Florida has been restoring its beaches by dredging or trucking in more sand. But the practice is becoming more challenging — and expensive, thanks to the rising cost of beach-quality sand. Offshore sand deposits, especially on Florida’s southeast coast, are dwindling after decades of repeated beach restoration projects. As local governments squabble over the right to use the remaining sand, its price is rising…

How to move a country: Fiji’s radical plan to escape rising sea levels – the Guardian

The southern coast of Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji (by Brian CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

For the past four years, a special government taskforce in Fiji has been trying to work out how to move the country. The plan it has come up with runs to 130 pages of dense text, interspersed with intricate spider graphs and detailed timelines. The document has an uninspiring title – Standard Operating Procedures for Planned Relocations – but it is the most thorough plan ever devised to tackle one of the most urgent consequences of the climate crisis…

This artist gets up to her neck in water to spread awareness of climate change – NPR

View out to Sea, Portugal © 2015 Deepika Shrestha Ross

Sarah Cameron Sunde, an interdisciplinary artist, was visiting Maine in 2013…The tides struck her as the perfect metaphor for sea level rise…Three days later… she returned… for a “durational performance.” Sunde began standing at the edge of the water at low tide, and, in front of other artists from the retreat she had been attending, she continued to stand until the water rose up to her neck. She stayed until the next low tide, nearly 13 hours total.

Interview: Manufactured Beauty and Default Photographs – Lens Culture

A young man views one of Anastasia Samoylova's photos at the Deutsche Börse exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery in London, 2022 (by Garry Knight CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

“I want to immerse the viewer within the daily happenings of the environment I am depicting. It might not always be flooded, but you see the indicators of fragility and vulnerability… It’s important that people learn to read and interpret all types of images for themselves, rather than relying on a National Geographic report.” – Anastasia Samoylova