Kinetic Wind sculptures by Esben Skouboe Poulsen
April 26, 2012, 12:47 am
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Windswept is a wind-driven kinetic façade consisting of 612 freely-rotating directional arrows creating a large-scale observational instrument that reveals the complex interactions between the wind and the building. The wind arrows serve as discrete data points indicating the direction of local flow within the larger phenomenon.

Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for permanent installation at the Randal Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114.

Created by Charles Sowers Studios, LLC
Installation by Rocket Science

Wind Wall is a 32’ high and 85’ long wall of wind-activated pendulums covering the entire front façade of LIGO’s Science Education Center. Each pendulum is magnetically coupled with its neighbor so that the whole wall reveals beautiful fluid-like motions as energy is transferred from one pendulum to the next. The artwork transforms a static building façade into a slowly undulating surface similar to a large piece of fabric rippling in the wind. With winds greater than 15 knots, the wall’s coherent wave-like movement becomes more chaotic as the pendulums break their mutual magnetic coupling. The pendulums can also be manually activated by LIGO Science Education Center visitors.



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