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'Make a Wave' at New London Library

Published May 01. 2014 4:00AM

An art project aimed at celebrating water and raising awareness of related issues makes its way to New London on Saturday.

"The Wave" is a national interactive installation celebrating water, and it's the brainchild of artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman.

What will happen on Saturday: Visitors will create their own piece of "The Wave." That means each person will choose one piece of recyclable, polycarbonate film, which come in an array of vivid colors. The individual cuts a wave shape out of a 1-by-2-foot piece of film.

Each of those results will be added together to create "The Wave."

The artists' website explains the thought behind all this: "Because we, the inhabitants of the world, all share the oceans and fresh water sources that sustain life on earth and provide a source of recreation and livelihood, we are intimately connected to one another. We are all impacted physically, politically and economically by natural disasters and climate changes that alter access to water and endanger human health and well-being.

"As The Wave travels from site to site and new sections are added to those that came before, the notion of connectivity and joint responsibility will become more and more apparent."

New London is one of four libraries in the state chosen to participate in the project. The waves from Saturday's session will hang in the library's main reading room.

Part of the Saturday festivities, too, will be a Mystic Aquarium touch tank, with lobsters, horseshoe crabs, sea stars and shellfish, from noon to 2 p.m. People can learn about community organizations involved in the region's waterways as well.

Julianna Barrett, an assistant educator in residence with Connecticut Sea Grant and the NEMO program at the University of Connecticut, will talk about the Long Island Sound and climate change from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the library.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

"The Wave," 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, New London Public Library, 63 Huntington St., New London; (860) 447-1411.

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