Windswept is a wind-driven kinetic facade that transforms a blank wall into an observational instrument that reveals the complex interactions between wind and environment. Consisting of 612 freely rotating wind direction indicators mounted parallel to the wall creating an architectural scale instrument for observing the complex interaction between wind and the building. The wind arrows serve as discrete data points indicating the direction of local flow within the larger phenomenon. Wind gusts, rippling and swirling through the sculpture, visually reveal the complex and ever-changing ways the wind interacts with the building and the environment.

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

“I’m generally interested in creating instrumentation that allows us insight into normally invisible or unnoticed phenomena. The Randall site, like many in San Francisco, is characterized, to a great extent, by its relationship to the wind. Climatically, off-shore winds bring warm weather from the central valley while on-shore wind brings us our famous San Francisco chilly weather. Windswept seeks to transform a mundane and uninspired architectural façade (the blank wall of the theater) into a large scale aesthetic/scientific instrument to reveal information about the interaction between the site and the wind. Our ordinary experience of wind is as a solitary sample point of a very large invisible phenomenon. Windswept is a kind of large sensor array that samples the wind at its point of interaction with the Randall Museum building and reveals the complexity and structure of that interaction”

Created by Charles Sowers Studios, LLC
Installation by Rocket Science

Ph: Bruce Damonte

Windswept from Charles Sowers on Vimeo.

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