Rim Fire Progression
Ink and charcoal on paper
66 x 102cm
Adrien Segal is an artist and data sculptor based in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and is published in several books and academic journals, including Boom: A Journal of California, Data Flow 2 and Arid Journal. She works across disciplines and in a variety of three-dimensional media including cast glass and bronze, wood, marble, metal, and clay, as well as two dimensional drawings and digital data-based printed artworks. On her three-dimensional practice, she states:
Sculpture is the means by which I reconcile conventions of reason and fact with an intuitive and emotive experience. I interpret the complex poetics of statistical information by translating data into lines, forms, and materials to reveal trends, patterns, and changes in the landscape that occur over time. Layers of tangible information are communicated intuitively as a refined and contextual physical experience from which knowledge can be elicited.
This piece utilizes the fire progression map of the Rim Fire which occurred in 2013 in the Stanislaus Nation Forest. The progression map data was sourced from the California Department of Forestry (CDF) Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP). The Rim Fire started when a lost hunter started an illegal campfire in a remote canyon in the Stanislaus National Forest just outside Yosemite National Park. The fire doubled in size overnight and within 4 days had consumed 100,000 acres. The fire’s rapid spread was attributed to a record-breaking drought, a heat wave, past fire suppression efforts that had altered the normal fire regime, population growth, and Forest Service budget cuts. More than 5,000 fire fighters worked to contain the fire, costing $127 million to contain.
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA