By Enough Pie Team
Charleston is at a crossroads. Flooded streets and rising waters affect us more and more. According to the City of Charleston Sea Level Rise strategy, by 2045, Charleston will experience sunny day tidal flooding 180 times per year — averaging every other day. The decisions and actions we take today as residents of the Lowcountry are critical to our future.
Enough Pie is a non-profit organization that uses creativity to connect and empower our community in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. Each year, Enough Pie hosts an Awakening – an artistic event that shines a light on specific issues or creative ideas. The theme of this fifth year Awakening is rising tides and flooded streets. Kicking off April 29, AWAKENING V: King Tide will be a month of art installations and creative events running from the April King Tide to the May King Tide. We have assembled a team of artists, scientists, organizations and thought leaders across Charleston to shine a light on rising waters through creative installations, parades, lectures, and events.
Through art installations and free public events at St. Julian Devine Community Center, REDUX Contemporary Art Center, John L. Dart Library, Joseph Floyd Manor, and other Upper Peninsula locations, we take a creative approach founded on scientific data from steering committee members from South Carolina DHEC, NOAA, City of Charleston, private civil engineers, South Carolina Aquarium, and College of Charleston professors.
According to these experts, without both personal and large scale changes in our behavior, there will be an increase in tidal flooding, flooding during rain, storm surges during storms, economic loss (damage to residential and private business, time, access to businesses), environmental loss (marsh loss, saltwater intrusion), and risk to historic and cultural resources. These issues are pressing in the Lowcountry and will creatively showcased throughout AWAKENING V: King Tide through art and interactive events, lectures, and community gatherings.
Since January, our weekly Knitting Circle, hosted at St. Julian Devine by manager Brenda Shokes. has brought together a diverse group to knit a collaboration called ‘Wave of Hope”. This art installation will be three waves of yarn at 2ft, 4ft, and 7ft, with the smallest wave representing what happens if as a planet we collectively take action to reduce sea level rise, and the largest wave represents what happens if we take no action and continue to live without an awareness of the heat-trapping gases modern lifestyles can generate. At one evening’s knitting circle, a representative from NOAA talked about how King Tides happen using yarn balls to represent the earth, the moon, and gravity in relation to ocean rise. These type of creative undertakings are the foundation of Enough Pie’s work. Wave of Hope is one of 15 large-scale installations and events happening during AWAKENING V: King Tide.
How has flooding affected you and your family? What are your concerns? What are your hopes? Join us as we learn more about king tides, rising tides and flooding streets, and stand up for our communities and our planet during AWAKENING V: King Tide. Full details on each installation and event can be found at enoughpie.org, and a hands-on workshop on Saturday, May 20 from 1-5pm at BoomTown is a great opportunity for you and your family to learn more. All art and events are free. Check out enoughpie.org for more details.