It’s a great day in South Carolina—except for when flooded streets back up traffic, damage houses and limit access to hospitals and emergency response vehicles. With our surrounding marshes and shorelines expected to be 17 more inches underwater by 2050 how are we going to adapt? Just how much water can our engineers hold back or build around? CULTIVATE invites the public to join them for an interactive evening of science and art aimed at answering these questions.
Join CULTIVATE Tuesday, October 22nd from 6-8pm at Palmetto Brewery (289 Huger Street) for “Can Charleston Engineer Our Way Out of Flooding?” This event will feature Jared Bramblett, Senior Civil Engineer and Stormwater Project Leader as well as Kinetic Mobiles with local artist Marielena Martinez.
“Flooding is our major challenge over the coming decades and it is going to take creative solutions to meet this challenge. We’re excited to have a local stormwater engineer with a creative side (photography) help us explore our options,” says Bobbie Lyon, Cultivate SciArt executive director.
Guest speaker Jared Bramblett is an engineer specializing in hydrology and hydraulics and has over 12 years of experience working with public and private sector clients throughout the Southeast. Come learn about stormwater master plans, watershed assessments, flood mitigation, large-scale drainage improvements, green infrastructure design and implementation, and coastal resilience projects, all while enjoying food and drinks and Bramblett’s striking photography.
Guest artist Marielena Martinez will introduce participants to Calder-inspired kinetic mobiles. Like water management, the art to mobile making also depends on physics. Martinez, a Dutch national who grew up on the Caribbean island of Curacao and Cultivate Art Director, says “The Dutch have lived below sea-level for centuries. Calder, a Dutch artist, used his engineering degree to construct beautiful mobiles. Balance and physics are parts of nature we can’t ignore.”
Tickets for this event are $15 however, students get in free and educators receive a discount. Parking is also free. Proceeds from great food and happy hour specials, including $1 per pint, will be donated to help support more Community Science + Art.