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The work is inspired by The Climate Clock, a public art installation created by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd set on Manhattan’s Union Square. The clock depicts a timer counting down remaining time to avoid climate disaster. According to the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, the average global temperature will continue to rise and become irreversible. Golan and Boyd began counting down on September 17th, 2020, from 7 years, 103 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes, and 7 seconds – OURO became aware of the Climate Clock when it was down to 7 years and 98 days.
7y98D unites two dynamic voices to develop a timely and relevant piece focusing on the impacts of climate change. Street dance-based artist RubberLegz and OURO Collective collaborate with prominent artists to produce a multi-disciplinary project that emphasizes existing problems viewed through an abstract lens. 7y98D entails a ten-minute short film directed by Dave Ehrenreich and Jeff Hamada, a sixty-minute stage piece choreographed by RubberLegz and performed by OURO Collective, and an artwear exhibition by Jennifer Latour.