Climate Clock Call

Montalvo Arts Center

The Climate Clock Global Initiative is seeking ideas from artist-led teams to create a major artwork entitled Climate Clock, which will measure changes in greenhouse gas levels and be the first in a series of global projects calling attention to climate change. Climate Clock will be an instrument of long-term measurement and will collect data for 100 years. The artwork will be located in downtown San José, California, Silicon Valley’s city center, and will be a collaboration between an artist-led team composed of artists, international and Silicon Valley engineers and other creative professionals who are working with climate measurement and data visualization.

The Climate Clock ideas competition is the first stage in a three-stage process that will take the first Climate Clock from vision to reality. The sequence of the ideas competition is as follows:

  • Ideas competition launched January 2008 (deadline 9 May 2008)
  • Proposals displayed and reviewed during the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge June 4-8, 2008 <> and on the web
  • Selection of six semi-finalists in May 2008 to present their proposals at an international colloquium about art and climate change June 9-10, 2008 in San José
  • Three finalist teams selected to develop their proposals in conjunction with a residency at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San José State University and Montalvo Art Center for an honorarium of $50,000 each. Residencies will take place during the 2008-09 Academic Year
  • Final proposal selection in July 2009, design development contract issued
  • Project Design is unveiled during the 3rd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in June 2010

For full details see Call for Artist Ideas : San Jose Climate Clock Project (PDF).