claire & max — the filmmakers who previously turned paris and new york into fake movie sets — have once again looked towards the urban landscape for their latest cinematic production. taking on a more sinister and socially conscious approach, the duo hypothesize: what would new york city look like underwater? 

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titled ‘two°C’, the simulation builds on the research of scientist james hansen, who posited that several large megacities are threatened by the rise of sea levels, and that parts of new york city could soon be consumed by water.

 

turning this warning into a stunning visual reality, claire & max have created a short film that shows empty scenes of new york submerged in water. using photoshop, the duo removed all the people in the street, then added water to the sidewalks and roads in 3ds max.

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‘the place of man in our society is one of the main themes of our work, with the theme of emptiness and abandonment, convinced of the anthropic impact on the environment,’ claire & max say. ‘the global warming that we deduce from the rising waters is only one element of all the environmental degradations like the air and water pollution, impoverishment and depletion.’

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  • ‘fine’ the climate deniers NOW we all know this is coming—great little video—-more please!

    Jacquelyn Rice says:
  • This is so far fetched. New York city is resting on a big hard rock! That is why it is possible in the first place to build sky scrapers there. Compare that to Venice which is really sinking!

    Tung Cab says:
  • Nice video, but unrealistic. Times Square is at about 60 ft. over sea-level. The bad scenario predictions are looking at a 20ft. rise for 2°C. Time Square is a long way from flooding. The same applies to the Trump-tower. If Trump is hoping for waterfront property, he’s not getting it.

    Robert Buss says:
  • I agree with Tung Cab, this is far fetched.
    Worst case though, we end up with a second city that is as beautiful as Venice.
    People need to look at the bright side of things more often.

    Joe Ricchio says:
  • Beautifully produced video. And I think we (almost) all agree that the US leaving the Paris agreement is a step into the wrong direction for many reasons.

    However, the alarmist title claiming the video to be “shocking” is a bit overdone. A flooded Manhattan is at best a metaphor, it’s in no way a potential (permanent) reality. Infrastructure can solve most if not all problems of sea level rise on a local level, if we’re ready to pay its price. And I think we can all agree New York has the means to pay for any infrastructure it needs to keep dry feet. Remember : large parts of the Netherlands, for example, are up to 7 meters below sea level, and the infrastructure needed to keep it that way is up to four centuries old…

    ML says:

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