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Ebb and Flow

Shannon Novak and Joan Raspo 

Augmented reality enabled digital photos

The San Lorenzo River snakes through downtown Santa Cruz and drains into the ocean at Compton Beach. The river is the City’s largest water supply. What happens when the river runs dry? 2013 was one of the driest years on record in Northern California. The once robust river is now a muddy ebbing tributary.

“Ebb and Flow” seeks to raise awareness around how drought affects water sustainability. The audience is invited to hold a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) up to images of the San Lorenzo River that follow its path through downtown Santa Cruz until it meets the sea. The audience will hear a short sound byte relating to the image accompanied by abstract visuals.