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KING TIDE” COLLABORATION BETWEEN USM AND MECA to FOCUS ON PORTLAND’S ELEVATING SEA LEVELS

Posted: 2013-11-21

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MECA PARTNERS WITH USM TO PRESENT SEA-LEVEL PROJECT INITIATIVE

Listen to interview on WMPG

WHO: USM and MECA faculty and students organize an awareness-building event.

WHAT: 
King tides are the highest tides of the year. The “Envisioning Change”-Pop-Up Shop King Tide event is an artistic and scientific response to a worldwide phenomenon that will greatly affect the future of Portland’s waterfront. This event is being hosted during the only King Tide to occur during daylight hours in 2013, at 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The predicted height is 11.6 feet above sea level.

WHERE:

Part I: Opening remarks at Zero Station Gallery, 222 Anderson St., Portland, Maine, before moving to Cove Street/Marginal Way to witness the highest tide of the year.
Part II: “Envisioning Change” King Tide observation and data collection; Marginal Way and Cove Street area.  
Part III: Pop-Up Shop installation, 94 Commercial St., organized in collaboration with the Portland Society for Architecture and its Rising Tides Symposium program with MECA’s Public Engagement students.

WHY: 
To generate awareness on an important issue that will have a severe impact on the future of Portland’s waterfront.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 4;

Media representatives are invited to assemble by 10:25 a.m. at Zero Station.
10:30 a.m.:
  Welcoming remarks by Jan Piribeck, USM Associate Professor of Art ;

10:45 a.m.: Scientific context and ramifications by Edward Gleason, USM astronomer and Southward Planetarium manager;
11 a.m.: “Envisioning Change” observation and data collection begins;
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
Move to MECA Pop-up Shop Installation at 94 Commercial St.; comments by Paul Gebhardt, MECA associate professor.

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