No. 259

tele-present wind

By : dwbowen

Entrant’s location : US



This installation consists of a series of 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a 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 the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.

What did you create?

In 2018 tele-present wind was installed at Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao and the sensor was installed in an outdoor location adjacent to the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota. Thus the individual components of the installation in Spain moved in unison as they mimicked the direction and intensity of the wind halfway around the world. As it monitored and collected real-time data from this remote and distant location, the system relayed a physical representation of the dynamic and fluid environmental conditions.

Why did you make it?

I wanted to create a physical representation of the wind from a great distance away.

How did you make it?

CNC was used to create the 126 x/y tilting mechanisms. Arduino is used for the transmitting device connected to the accelerometer. Processing is used to receive the data, map it and send it to the servo driver. SD-84 servo drivers are used to control the 252 individual servos in the installation.

Your entry’s specification

The installation occupies approximately 6.5m X 6.5m Of Floor Space and stands approximately 1m tall.