Anchorage public art depicts changing temperatures

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Designer Karen Larsen's "Warming Stripes" uses 100 vertical stripes to depict average annual Anchorage temperatures from 1919 to 2019.
Designer Karen Larsen's "Warming Stripes" uses 100 vertical stripes to depict average annual Anchorage temperatures from 1919 to 2019.

A 300-foot outdoor mural unveiled in March illustrates a century of climate change in Anchorage.

By covering the exterior of a downtown building with 100 vertical stripes, "Warming Stripes" demonstrates average annual Anchorage temperatures from 1919 to 2019. Local designer Karen Larsen created the blue and red image using data provided by Brian Brettschneider, an Alaska climate science expert and research associate for the International Arctic Research Center. The Warming Stripes project was first introduced by a U.K. researcher who communicates climate science through simple data visualizations.

Visitors can view the Anchorage installation at Sixth Avenue and D Street.

"Warming Stripes" was produced by the Anchorage Museum and its SEED Lab initiative, which explores creative and positive ways to respond to change, in collaboration with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

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