Creation of Tipping Point, Climate Change

Weather on Steroids

In 2015 I was invited to create a sculpture suitable for display at an exhibition titled “Weather on Steroids”, to be hosted at the la Jolla Historical Society’s Wisteria Gallery February/ May 2017. This exhibition would feature work by at least 10 artists who would be teamed with scientists working on different aspects of climate change research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Scientists would provide data and ideas for the artists to assist and inspire their work.

I decided to create a globe from a block of cloudy grey blue marble from Carrara. I carved the landmasses lower than the oceans to exaggerate sea level rise in a dramatic way. To make it more interesting I also added some “atmospheric river” storm tracks and some glass to bring attention to the depletion of glaciers and sea ice. I also added a wire figure representing human greed and man’s mistreatment of our planet. Rejection of facts and of scientific reports is shown by the disrespect for the book on which he stands as he pushes us over the “Tipping Point”. The wire figure was executed for me by Spencer Little of San Diego. The Sculpture was later exhibited at the San Diego Library Gallery June/ September and Long Beach Aquarium September /November 2017. It is now on display at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) as part of a permanent collection.