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Plunge: A Look At How Climate Change Will One Day Ravage London

What will the world look like once the icecaps melt and water floods our cities? This art project aims to show Londoners their future aquatic city.

  • <p>Paternoster Square Column, the largest freestanding monument in London (75 feet high) built in the last century ,would find itself partially submerged.</p>
  • <p>A monument to Prince Frederick, Duke of York, the Duke of York column is 121 feet high.</p>
  • <p>This is a replacement sundial column (built in the late 1980s) for the original Seven Dials Sundial Pillar, which was built in 1694.  The column is 40 feet high.</p>
  • 01 /06 | Paternoster Square Column

    Paternoster Square Column, the largest freestanding monument in London (75 feet high) built in the last century ,would find itself partially submerged.

  • 02 /06 | Paternoster Square Column
  • 03 /06 | Paternoster Square Column
  • 04 /06 | Duke of York Column

    A monument to Prince Frederick, Duke of York, the Duke of York column is 121 feet high.

  • 05 /06 | Seven Dials Sundial Pillar

    This is a replacement sundial column (built in the late 1980s) for the original Seven Dials Sundial Pillar, which was built in 1694. The column is 40 feet high.

  • 06 /06 | Seven Dials Sundial Pillar

Every day that the planet continues to rely on coal plants, gasoline, and other greenhouse gas-spewing things, the effects of climate change become more inevitable. And while we know that the sea level rise from out of control climate change won’t be pleasant, it’s hard to really envision the places we know and love underwater.

Plunge, a project from artist Michael Pinsky, features blue LED lights placed around prominent central London monuments, with each light marking the sea level 1,000 years from now (92 feet above sea level using a "business as usual" scenario). Remember: this kind of rapid sea-level rise could happen sooner. We just don’t know.

All of Pinsky’s LED-ringed monuments—and his vision of a waterlogged London—can be seen in the slide show above.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Julian Andrews; 02 / Julian Andrews; 03 / Julian Andrews; 04 / Kristian Buus; 05 / Julian Andrews; 06 / Julian Andrews;

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