Title: Some day there may be no more snow: California snowpack 1960 – 2019
Dimensions: 56” h x 90” w x 1¼” d
Cotton, rayon and clear polyester monofilament thread, dissolvable stabilizer, fabric stiffener, magnets, nails
This data visualization artwork shows the average annual snow water equivalent for the state of California for the years 1960 – 2019. The snow water equivalent is a critical measurement: the state’s water delivery system of dams and reservoirs was designed to rely on the snowpack’s natural reservoir. The mountains store vast quantities of winter precipitation as frozen snow until late spring when it begins melting, slowly releasing water throughout the summer to replenish the human-made reservoirs.
The artwork shows that California has very few “normal” years; for as long as humans have kept track, it never has. Flood and drought are the normal, however the data shows the water content is on a downward trend. The decrease is caused by warmer winter air temperatures where less precipitation falls in the form of snow. The delicate thread-lace columns evoke the shape of the tubes used by snow surveyors to measure the snow pack and their shaded gradation help the viewer see the extremes in the data.
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Detail of: Some day there may be no more snow: California snowpack 1960 – 2019
Techniques: free motion embroidery, sculptural forming
Press: this artwork appears in the following publications, click on an image below:
December 18, 2019 – August 2, 2020 Linda Gass: and then this happened… (solo), Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA.