Carlos Cepeda: Change in the Meteorological Conditions Involving American Acreage and its Exponential Severity Over its Territory
Carlos is a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Interested in social sciences, design, and languages he is pursuing a double major in Architecture and International-Area Studies. Carlos is originally from Venezuela but has been living in Miami, FL over the last five years. Carlos’s passion is to create spaces to incentivize community, he hopes he will be able to do this by pursuing architecture and creating structures that aid to share ideas and create common grounds.
“Change in the Meteorological Conditions Involving American Acreage and its Exponential Severity Over its Territory” is a piece intended to call attention to the increase in the constancy in natural disasters on American soil. The overlaid, real charts, statistics, and news articles transform the piece into a functional artwork intended to document data about the increase of natural disasters and their correlation to global warming. The work’s content, title, and representations are intended to mimic a sort of scientific chart or analysis to convey the gravity of the threat that global warming represents to the United States. The piece accentuates the reality that many Americans try to ignore by highlighting all the areas that have and will be affected by natural disasters like tornados, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods. Thus, calling for a change in our ways of thinking of the climate by bringing into reality how even with all the power and wealth of a developed nation the climate will inevitably hit major US cities, landmarks, and arteries.