Image of installation by Lynn Parotti

Tar Baby

‘Tar Baby’ is derived from “The Wonderful Tar Baby Story”, the second of the Uncle Remus Plantation stories where Br’er Fox uses Tar-Baby (a doll made of tar and turpentine) to cunningly entrap Br’er Rabbit through trickery for his personal gain.

Thermal Expansion, Melting Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps, including Ice Loss from Greenland and West Antarctica are causing sea level rise.

Previously in 2010, the Mean Prediction of water level rise as 4.9 feet (1.5 metres) and was taken from reports & articles by; the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Dr. Orrin Pilkey (Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences, Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) at Duke University), the Department of Water Engineering, UNESCO-IHE Delft, The Netherlands, The United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009, Martin Vermeer of the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland and Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. At this time skepticism about global warming and the subsequent sea level rise was rife and fuelled by personal economic interests.

According to National Geographic in 2016, “most predictions say the warming of the planet will continue and likely will accelerate. Oceans will likely continue to rise as well, but predicting the amount is an inexact science. A recent study says we can expect the oceans to rise between 2.5 and 6.5 feet (0.8 and 2 meters) by 2100, enough to swamp many of the cities along the U.S. East Coast. More dire estimates, including a complete meltdown of the Greenland ice sheet, push sea level rise to 23 feet (7 meters), enough to submerge London”. Nearly a quarter of the world’s 7+billion population live with 100 km of the shoreline and within 100 m of sea level elevation.