The Art NewsPaper | Ben Luke

A crisis that demands creative thinking …. As galleries were setting up their Art Basel booths this week, and millions of dollars of art was being shipped into the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami experienced an all-too-familiar event: a king tide. These occur when the Earth, sun and moon are in particular proximity, causing high tides to flood the city’s streets.

The king tides are the most visible evidence that climate change and rising sea levels are not a future nightmare but a present reality in Miami. (The increasing prevalence and ferocity of weather events like Hurricane Irma, the catastrophic storm that hit Florida in September, is another.) At the Pérez Art Museum Miami, a neon sculpture by the artist Andrea Bowers installed on the façade proclaims: “Climate Change is Real”… read more 

Image | A beachgoer at Matheson Hammock Park, on Old Cutler Road, packs up and leaves for the day once the King Tide took over Monday morning, Oct. 17, 2016. Parts of Matheson Hammock Park were inundated with sea water during the King Tide Monday morningEmily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images