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At 10th Anniversary of 'Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project,' Performers Reflect

By Taylor Emerson |

Video by Taylor Emerson, Digital Journalist, University Marketing & Communications

First debuted back in 2012, Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project recently marked its 10th anniversary with a special performance at Utah State University — where the project initially began to take shape.

Co-created by USU associate professor of physics Rob Davies and the Fry Street Quartet, the performance centers around five vignettes exploring the wonder of the earth system that has allowed civilization to arise, the structure of our modern civilization that threatens its very existence, and how this structure may be reimagined.

It’s a performance that is part science lecture and part concert, assembled with a diverse collection of works from internationally renowned artists, including composer Laura Kaminsky, visual artist and painter Rebecca Allan, sculptor Lyman Whitaker, and photographers Garth Lenz, Edward Burtynsky and Lu Guang.

In this video, some of the performers reflect on the decade that was, and how the project may have changed and why it’s had staying power.


Taylor Emerson
Digital Journalist
University Marketing and Communications
(435) 797-2262


Rob Davies
Associate Professor
USU Department of Physics

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