BEAUFORT 21 - Pillage of the Sea


Oostende 8400
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On the breakwater stands an outsized ´cairn´, a small tower of piled-up stones that serves as an orientation point for hikers and has a spiritual significance in many cultures. Rosa Barba creates a sculpture from piled-up sandbags, as an imaginary barrier against the rising sea level. Each stone represents a city that is threatened with inundation due to climate change, at its actual elevation relative to sea level. The size corresponds to each city´s population. The title references the poetess Emily Dickinson, who was left speechless by the sight of the sea. The sculpture forms a visual yardstick for climate change, while the ebb and flow of the tides determine how much of the artwork is visible at any given moment.