Point Cloud, a kinetic sculpture by the designer James Leng, takes weather data from the web and expresses it in the form of a moving, shifting wire “cloud,” powered by hundreds of super-tiny servos and connectors. Even as the technology we use for predicting the weather has grown more and more complex, Leng writes, our means for displaying what we know have remained laughably simple (think of those little cartoon pictures of the sun or a thundercloud). You can’t use Point Cloud to read the forecast, but it does capture, in a beautiful way, the fact that the weather, cartoon forecasts aside, is what Leng calls “permanently variable.”
You can see some great behind-the-scenes photographs at Leng’s Flickr page.
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