The Wavy Jane
Reed, wood, rope, paper, data, 2014

Three iconic amusement park rides did battle with Super Storm Sandy during
the night of Oct 29-30, 2012: Deno’s Wonder Wheel in Coney Island, The Star
Jet Rollercoaster in Seaside Heights and Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn. Two
survived and one did not. Using weather and ocean data from all three locations,
this piece translates the weather conditions these rides endured during the
Hurricane. Rather than rebuilding the actual rides, the data is broken up and
spread out over a series of rides that seem to exist both above and below water.

One of the macabre aspects of amusement parks wrecked by storms, is that
future rides will often reference the very storms that destroyed them and seek
to replicate some of the destruction caused by it. Thus, the Wavy Jane is
"the new ride" that seeks to replicate the storm surge, ripping houses off their
foundations and washing them off to sea.