Art and Climate Science Combine in San Francisco
“Visualizing Connections to OneClimate,” a temporary installation from the Department of Design, brought to life a new campus-wide drive to address climate change.
The OneClimate initiative encourages collaborative approaches to climate and environmental problems, and is led by the John Muir Institute for the Environment. The installation visualized the university’s collective strength in climate science research and was featured at a OneClimate event held March 13 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
The team constructed a globe-shaped orb with threads extending from its center to points representing campus initiatives. Project lead and assistant professor of design Thomas Maiorana, explained, “We wanted to create an installation that represents the incredible wealth of knowledge and exploration at UC Davis around climate change.”
Maiorana’s team included design MFA student Victoria Baird; undergraduates Suhaila Sikand and Sandra Bae; Ben Houlton, director of the Muir Institute; and Vida Mia García, principal at Red Cover Studios.
— Becky Oskin, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science