Lake Tahoe public art takes on climate change

Lake Tahoe public art takes on climate change

/ 10:55 PM June 04, 2017

Rendering of LAKA’LEUP. Image: Tahoe Public Art via AFP Relaxnews

The crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe will play host this year to a floating sculpture and multimedia experience with a message of combating climate change.

Bearing the name LAKA’LEUP, a Washoe Tribe term meaning “coming together for a common purpose,” the installation—floating on a 50-by-25-foot barge in Lake Tahoe—will offer a dynamic experience using interactive technologies, audio and visual display systems and data visualization.


The goal: to inform audiences about how to preserve and protect the Lake Tahoe Basin.

By day, light will play off the reflective facades of the floating installation, joined by an ethereal soundscape. By night, scientific data-driven storytelling and a musical score will form a multimedia experience, joined by a spoken word presentation by the Washoe people about the impacts of climate change and possible solutions.


Lake-goers will be encouraged to paddle board or kayak out to the installation, or enjoy it from shore. A companion mobile website will provide data sets and interact with the installation.

The installation will be on view from August 4 to 13 on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, near Commons Beach in Tahoe City, and from August 22 to 31 near Ski Run Marina & Beach in South Lake Tahoe. JB


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