Inspired by the simple sight of a leaf dancing across snow, American artist Mark Nystrom created his elegant Wind Drawings series in which a pen equipped with sails records one day’s wind conditions. Visual interpretations of wind and other invisible natural phenomena are always fascinating, and Nystrom’s drawings are no exception as they begin to characterize, even humanize the wind. While some drawings show clear patterns — implying a strong wind from a consistent direction — others are erratic and confused. One drawing from a very calm day only registers a tiny, barely visible, speck of movement.
You can look at more of Nystrom’s wind explorations and other projects at his website here.
Tele-present wind consists of a series of tilting devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in the gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting it in real-time to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.
The direction of the line is the wind’s direction. The width and speed of movement is the wind speed. And the height is the temperature. (The materials ‘surface plateau’ height represents zero degrees C. So when the shape dips below the surface, it means the wind’s below zero degrees. )
The Sea of Okhotsk sits between Siberia and the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia. In the winter, it becomes largely covered by ice. In the image above, captured by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite in February 2007, cold winds from Siberia combine with moist ocean air to form the cloud streets streaming away from the ice.