Le prix national
d’art de Salt Spring


Carbon Pulse: The Salish Sea

Victoria, BC

Artwork Statement

"Carbon Pulse: The Salish Sea" is an interactive data visualization artwork that depicts greenhouse gas emissions from the Vancouver region. Historical climate model data is integrated into a virtual landscape to visualize weather patterns interacting with atmospheric pollutants. Gestural clouds, defined by Provincial emissions data, emanate from industrial facilities. As viewers approach the display, their silhouette is recorded by a depth camera which is used to reveal regional infrastructure. This installation situates viewers in relation to local carbon emissions to foster personal reflection on climate change.


Interactive digital media installation, framed


66" x 46" x 18"

About the Artist

Colton Hash is an emerging artist who currently resides as an uninvited guest on the Lekwungen territories of Vancouver Island. Exploring environmental data as material, Hash strives to create accessible works for viewers to consider their cultural relationships with nature. Hash integrates science and technology through an intuitive process to create interactive works that critically engage with industrialization and climate change. In recognition of his politically based practice, Hash received the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art (ProArt Alliance, 2019). Hash is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Victoria.