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Traffic signs warn of climate change in Brookline maze

Posted by Brock Parker  January 14, 2013 01:48 PM

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Climate change activists are encouraging Brookline residents to get lost in a new maze set up outside Town Hall that uses re-purposed traffic signs to raise awareness about environmental issues.

Climate Action Brookline has built the maze between Town Hall and Brookline’s Main Library as one of 50 events and displays for the third annual Brookline Climate Week, which will run from Saturday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 3.

The maze is a new addition to the climate week and was built by Coni Porter and Mary Dewart, the campaign director for Climate Action Brookline, in an effort to get people to think more about the environment.

“You have to make a big show sometimes to get people’s attention,” said Porter, who teaches graphic design at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline.

While people wander through the straw maze, they will encounter old traffic signs that have been altered to deliver environmental messages. A hazard sign warns of an oil spill ahead, a stop sign says “we must stop releasing CO2" and a caution sign warns of crazy weather ahead.

Dewart said the maze is supposed to serve as a metaphor for the confounding state of the environment and how people can get lost in their attempts to address climate change.

The maze was assembled last week and will be open through the end of Brookline Climate Week. It was funded in part from a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts.

More information about the maze and other events during the climate week can be found at www.brooklineclimateweek.org.

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