Tsunami Ca

DK Pan
Tsunami Capable Tide Stations > West Coast, 2015
Single-channel digital video with audio, 38 minutes, 58 seconds
Commissioned by the Frye Art Museum and funded by the Frye Foundation
Courtesy of the artist

I undertook a journey down the West Coast of the contiguous US from June to August of 2015 in order to create a video survey of the coastline. Utilizing the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Tsunami Capable Tide Stations as the framework for the project, I conducted land-based observations of the location and filmed each surrounding area at sunset. The final video is a collection of one-minute impressions of the 38 tide station sites of the West Coast. The project serves as a poetic document of place; as well as a commentary on climate change and a homage to communities vulnerable to rising sea levels and tsunamis. 
 

This project was made possible with the support of NOAA’s Tides and Currents Program, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, and the cooperation of federal ports and Coast Guard Stations. 
—DK Pan