Last year, an aptly named report titled “Managing the Unavoidable: Preparing for Sea Level Rise in BC” was released by the provincial government. The report warned builders in coastal communities to plan for a one-metre rise in sea levels by 2100.
This is one of the reasons we love a new Vancouver public art project titled “A False Creek”.
The project involves painting blue lines on the cement pillars under the Cambie Bridge to draw attention to what sea levels might look like in the future.
The project also includes a website, complete with an interactive tool that shows where sea levels were in the mid-1980’s compared to where they are now and where they might be in the future.
The website further describes the project:
“‘A False Creek’ marks the midpoint of these sea rise estimates (five metres), with painted chromatic blue stripes on the pilings of the Cambie Bridge, and on the lampposts near Cooper’s Park. This abstract pattern of stripes inevitably produces a decorative effect, one with an ambiguous relation to the pattern’s function as a marker and visualization tool.”
The project provides an excellent starting place to talk about how changes like rising sea levels will significantly impact the way we live in and build our cities.