Fish House. Robert Rauschenberg became the largest private landholder on Captiva. Photo: Mark Poucher, courtesy of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is addressing the issue of rising tides at the artists former compound in Captiva, Florida, where he lived from 1970 until his death in 2008. A report by the company Coastal Risk Consulting found that the entirety of the property is at high risk of storm surge flooding and a significant portion is likely to be underwater by 2045. We may move buildings off the ground, create walkwayswe have to look at what is feasible, says Ann Brady, the director of the foundations residency programme.
In keeping with Rauschenbergs own activism, the foundation is funding a series of films on climate change in partnership with the Sundance Film Festival. It has also hosted climate change-themed residencies to bring artists and scientists together on Captiva.