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The climate crisis is going to kill us – and it will be a slow, miserable death.

Artist

Zy Baer

Structural Design Assistance

Raber Umphenour, Scott Lindbergh

Launch Team

Don Eyles, Patrick Bowler, Adam Frawley

Special Thanks

Evan Cohen, David Timothy, David Ling, Robbie Pate, Brennan Hepler, Jeff Smith, Steve Hollinger, Pratap Talwar, Domingo-Martin Barreres, John Cremona, Andrew Neumann, Nyx Breen, Denise Bosco, Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, John Dykes, Kirk McNeil

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Polarity is a call to action to Boston’s richest to throw their weight behind a literal fight for our lives.

 
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Designed as a site-specific trompe-l’oeil, the piece recreates the iconic architecture of the neighborhood it occupies – Boston’s Fort Point, which, in conjunction with neighboring Seaport, is now the wealthiest district in Boston. The wealthy contribute more to climate change than the non-wealthy, but will experience fewer of its consequences because of their greater access to resources. They’re also better positioned to fight against our climate crisis – when you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you have limited bandwidth for activities that don’t contribute to paying rent and putting food on the table. 

 

Most importantly, money is loud. Even if every individual chooses the most eco-friendly options available to them, it won’t be enough to halt the impending catastrophe. We need to make change on a societal scale, and in a capitalist society, those changes are more likely to occur if they’re backed by people with the power of money. 

 

This means supporting land-back initiatives (returning stolen land to Indigenous nations). It means curbing the behavior of a handful of massive corporations that put their profit above the survival of every being that lives on Earth. It means making a commitment to survival at the expense of status-quo comfort.

 

The name of the piece derives from the multiple polarities involved with the issue of water and climate change: the polarity of water molecules; the melting ice caps in the poles; the decrease of potable water versus the increase in flooding as sea levels rise; the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, in terms of their contributions to climate change versus the ability of each to survive and perhaps thrive as our world is permanently altered.

ARTIST

Zy Baer

STRUCTURAL DESIGN

Raber Umphenour, Scott Lindbergh, Zy Baer

BUILD TEAM

Zy Baer, Raber Umphenour, John Cremona, Evan Cohen, David Timothy, David Ling, Robbie Pate, Miranda Ellis, Brennan Hepler, Jen Mecca, Ameet Kallarackal, Robert Goldhouse

LAUNCH TEAM

Don Eyles, Patrick Bowler, Jeff Smith, Adam Frawley

LAUNCH VOLUNTEERS

Raber Umphenour, Evan Cohen, Steve Hollinger, Pratap Talwar, Domingo-Martin Barreres, John Cremona, Andrew Neumann, Duane Lucia, Nyx Breen, Denise Bosco, Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, John Dykes, Kirk McNeil

FUNDED & FACILITATED BY

Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC)

SPECIAL THANKS

Channel Center Garage, Channelside Lot