Friday, 18 December 2009

In Passing

Gol-Dang that Metric System!

I thought you said there wouldn’t be any more math  Dept

Copenhagen Post:
Seven metres.  That is how much global water levels will rise if the ice in Greenland melts.  In connection with the climate meating, sculptor Jens Galschioet has hung flashing red lights seven metres up in trees and on lamp posts throughout Copenhagen.

The idea was to illustrate a prospective water level rise if the ice melts away in Greenland.  Yet, somewhere along the line, he made a few incorrect calculations.

‘Technically and pedagogically it is a sound idea.  The problem is that they are hanging at incorrect heights by the city lakes, where they currently sit at 11.34 metres’, said architect Ole Oerslev.

The city lakes are already 5.89 metres above sea level, so the flashing lights should have been put up at 69 centimetres height.

‘The rest of the lights put up around the city and out by the Bella Center are in the correct elevation.
Ummm, ’scuse me, but if the rest of the lights are “seven metres up” (as stated above), they’re wrong, too.  Unless the ground level in Copenhagen = sea level. But continue, please...
We wanted to display something downtown as well and even though we knew that the lights should have been at 69 centimetres, we didn’t really feel it looked like much.  So we cheated a bit and decided to explain if anyone found out’, explained Galschioet.
Well, that explains everything.

Via:  Blair

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