FLORIDA – With Underwater HOA, A Florida Village Faces Its Sinking Future

CCFJ.NET:  With Underwater HOA, A Florida Village Faces Its Sinking Future

Article Courtesy of Forbes Media
By Lena Katz
Published December 10, 2018
  
While most Art Basel participants and artists enjoy the beautiful weather and sea views without a care, Miami residents can’t help but observe the sea with more trepidation every year. Last year, some were still recovering from the hurricane. Miami Beach is still dealing with a nasty proliferation of thick, smelly seaweed– brought in from the Bahamas by last year’s hurricane swells. Red Tide came dangerously close to Miami Beach, and only by the grace of a higher power did Hurricane Michael miss South Florida. So, as much as developers try to pretend that climate change is a non-issue, anyone who’s here for more than a party has spent some time worrying about Miami’s precarious position.
 
The Village of Pinecrest, an upscale residential neighborhood far from the hectic Basel hot zones, would like to get visitors’ attention via a community-wide participatory art project entitled Underwater HOA. Through markers placed by residences on the community’s 6000 houses and an art exhibition by environmental artist Xavier Cortada, this typically non-exhibitionist town is inviting the rest of the world to get a glimpse of its future.


Obviously, the laws of physics and safety won’t allow for a town to submerge itself in actual liquid or even any type of colored smoke for an extended period of time. So visitors will not see a community that looks actually underwater. Instead, each resident was invited to come pick up a marker, numbering 0 through 17. This number indicates the home’s elevation above sea level (data can be found at eyesontherise.org/app – a partner in the project). Residents can also make their own markers. Then, residents place the marker on the front of their home to show exactly how many feet the sea would need to rise to submerge their house. Read more:

 

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