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Floods and Flooding

Lars Jan's bittersweet underwater symphony

Lars Jan's bittersweet underwater symphony

For Art Basel week in South Florida, artist Lars Jan and his custom-built aquarium will simulate a dystopian Miami, a city plunged underwater thanks to sea-level rise, melting glaciers and climate change.

Inside the multimedia artist's aquarium, an elevator-size water tank he calls "Holoscenes," people dressed in everyday clothing dance underwater, float as if in suspended animation and satisfy mundane tasks, such as reading a newspaper and tuning a guitar. In one of Jan's underwater scenarios, a man dressed in an orange hoodie, faded jeans and sneakers untangles a green garden hose. In another, a blond woman in a floral dress sells a basketful of persimmons at a...