As world leaders and scientists wrestled this week over how to respond to climate change at the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, locals and passersby attending the international art fair Art Basel in Miami could experience the threat first hand.

Artist Lars Jan, who lives in Los Angeles, has placed an aquarium in a Miami plaza in which performers must struggle to do everyday tasks — dancing, drinking coffee, reading a newspaper — as water floods the enclosed space and then drains away. The water level of the installation, called “Holoscenes,” responds to real-time environmental data.

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