King Tide BYO Chair Party
While the French were celebrating Bastille Day, Portland residents had the opportunity to participate in the King Tide Bring Your Own Chair Party, which took place at midnight on July 14, 2014 near the intersection of Marginal Way and Cove Street in Portland. Community members were invited to sit and watch the rising tides, street theater written by Megan Grumbling, puppetry by Blainor McGough of Mayo Street Arts, trailers of flood movies in a temporary outdoor cinema (U-Haul Truck). They could also listen to King Tide interviews by Caroline Losneck and interact with the sculptural intervention, Observation Shack by Christopher Byron and Kelly Rioux. Additional activities included Walking the Line, a GPS recording of the of the water’s edge. A special observation took place at 12:36 a.m. to celebrate the arrival of the King Tide, which peaked at 12:023 feet.
The event was hosted by the King Tide Party and University of Southern Maine in cooperation with the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization, The Resilience Hub, Zero Station and U-Haul.
Photo Credits: Liz Bieber