CYCLONE

Work-in-progress, in collaboration with Steve Bunn

  • Stage 1 Edition of cast and rapid-prototype 3D printed table-top maquettes
  • Stage 2 Public sculpture to be sited in Bergen in 2009/10

In 1919, Jacob Bjerknes published his three-dimensional wire model that described the process and structure of a cyclone. This was a huge breakthrough in helping to understand how weather and climate worked. A conventional drawing or diagram was not an adequate way to show this, as airflow moves in at least four dimensions. In order to visualise the phenomenon, Bjerknes constructed the model which, due to its immense meteorological significance, became a symbol of climate research and the basis for all weather maps. Only photographic evidence remains of this fragile construction.

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