Messages in Bottles

4 minutes 45 seconds
a video sculpture
glass, steel, walnut and video
10.5″H x 13.5″W x 5″D

Venice is treasure of western culture and civilization, particularly the Renaissance. Yet it has been impacted by the extraction of resources (primarily large scale ground water extraction by industry) climate change, and lunar tides, resulting in the phenomenon of Acqua Alta. The city is very vulnerable to changes in sea level, as it is built on low islands in the Venetian Lagoon which have existed since the end of the last Ice Age.

Since the Acqua Alta has been slowly drowning a city and a culture, we thought it was appropriate to show images of the flood waters with gondolas that appear to be sinking.

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