Warming Stripes

A century of climate change in Anchorage is revealed through 300 feet of colorful stripes in a new graphic installation on the facade of vacant retail space in downtown Anchorage at the corner of 6th Ave and D St. Warming Stripes, vertical stripes that illustrate the average annual Anchorage temperatures from 1919 to 2019, is a public art project on climate change through a collaboration with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

Warming Stripes was first introduced by Ed Hawkins, a climate science professor for the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Hawkins uses simple data visualizations to communicate climate science to the public. His first version debuted in May 2018. In June 2019, he published a large set of climate stripes representing trends from countries around the globe on ShowYourStripes.info; nearly a million stripe-graphic downloads were recorded in the first week.

The Anchorage version of this graphic uses historical data provided by Alaska climate science expert Brian Brettschneider, research associate for the International Arctic Research Center, local designer Karen Larsen created the piece. Each stripe represented the temperature for a single year, ordered from 1919 through 2019. Blue shades represent cooler years and red, warmer years.

More projects related to Warming Stripes to come. Have an idea for a creative project related to Warming Stripes? Email us @ seed@anchoragemuseum.org.