Weather Field No.1

Materials: S.S. Tubes, weathervanes, and anemometers
Location: Tongva Park, Santa Monica, CA

Team: Vector Custom Fabricating, Skidmore Owen & Merrill, Active Alloys and Field Operations


Weather Field No. 1 is a site-specific sculpture composed of 49 telescoping stainless steel poles aligned in a highly ordered grid. Alternating at heights of 19, 20 and 21 feet, each pole supports a weathervane and anemometer. These finely tuned instruments are designed to accurately respond to prevailing wind conditions, gauging wind speed and direction. In Weather Field, the close grouping of the poles augments the instruments’ standard function. Instead of only mapping the wind in a conventional manner, the sculpture also uses crowding as a condition to trigger and reveal turbulence, a much more mysterious phenomenon. Weather Field strikes a balance between the order of the instrument grid and the unpredictable response of its kinetic elements to produce its own microclimate. In its peculiar climate the instruments influence and react to one another, flocking and schooling like birds in the air and fish in sea.