Archive for July, 2010

Making Art from Weather Data

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

On my way out of town, I flew from San Jose’s new terminal and got to check out eCloud. It’s a new, interactive art piece that uses weather data from all over the world to create a changing display made of glass squares suspended from the ceiling. The electronic sign shows a city and its weather which triggers the array of glass squares, which will change from clear to opaque depending on the cloud cover in each city. Sacramento on this warm July morning was clear so most of the squares were clear, but Lisbon had some overcast so some of the squares were opaque. The weather information comes from NOAA and this piece represents an increasing interest in data-driven artwork. I shot a short movie on my Flip, here’s a link… eCloud display at San Jose Airport