Environmental Art and Advocacy: Tower

Tower, an interdisciplinary installation, reflects on climate change and the biblical story of the Tower of Babel – a story of greed and the value of cultural differences. Combining sculpture, video, archiving and community participation, the work highlights interviews of people of diverse backgrounds sharing their personal experiences with climate change. The interviews are recorded in the interviewee’s native language to emphasize the global impact and responsibility in fighting climate change.

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Materials: steel, concrete, plastic

Dimensions: 3.3′ x 3.3′ x 13.5′

English transcribed interviews

Developed with support from The Amsterdam Collective Casa de Cultura, Catwalk Institute and NYU, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Laajasalon opisto, New Dance Alliance, RaumArs AiR and Tohmajärvi Residency
Built at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Troy, NY
Funding made possible by The Puffin Foundation and Finlandia Foundation National

Building a Tower to Frame Plastic Waste, a film, documents the making of the first Tower prototype. Included are many climate change interviews.
11:20 (2:05 trailer)
Directed by SN
Distributor: AV-Arkki, the Centre for Finnish Media Art
Filmed at Catwalk Institute, Catskill, NY
Exhibited at The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020, New York
A live-streamed talk “Tower: Framing Personal Experiences with Climate Change” with Hunters Point Library Environmental Education Center, Queens, NY, 2021