From a natural phenomenom of global warming to a physical and spiritual experience. The effect of global warming increasing temperatures causes the melting of permafrost releasing methane in the atmosphere which is 24 times more toxic than CO2. In Alaska, permafrost can reach 150 meters of thickness under the active layer. To prevent the release of methane from permafrost in the atmosphere, the project suggests to provoke the thawing of permafrost to controle the release of methane, capture it and use it on site.
The project will be treating methane locally in Denali Park through CH4 structures burning methane as soon as it is released and producing a pink flame. The multiplication of these CH4 structures around the flames creates a serie of pink flames in the landscape demonstrating the amount of methane coming out of the soil underneath our feet. Indeed, the flame is constantly burning and will stop when the zone is free from methane. Therefore, the structures are moved to another zone to treat, leaving a deformation of the landscape caused by the ground collapsing when methane is released. Beside, methane produces electricity and charges batteries that will enlight small light devices when the structures are moved. Lighting devices in the landscape become the witness of methane treatment.
The flame creates an “air field”, a virtual architectural space in between the flames driven by a temperature landscape. CH4 structures vaporize water through micro-nozzles generating a micro-climat humid and hot. When the density of the structures increase, the atmosphere around the flames is similar to a steam room. The installation becomes a living experience of global warming.