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March 9, 2011

WeatherWise: Weather Architecture--Weather of the Future


Recently we posted an amazing fire tornado photo. Along the same lines, reporting on weather futurism, io9 reminisces back to the summer of 1973 when artist Dennis Oppenheim tried to create an artificial tornado on the bed of a dry desert lake in Southern California as part of his "Whirlpool" project. The above image explains that it was intended as a "3/4 mile by 4 mile schemata of tornado, traced in [the] sky using standard white smoke discharge from aircraft."

Back to the present, the article also reports that artist Anthony McCall plans to create "a spinning column of cloud a mile high" on Merseyside next year as part of the Cultural Olympiad for 2012. According to Creative Review, it will be "visible across the North West region throughout the Olympic year."


io9 speculates:

We'll have to see how it actually works out, of course, but the idea that cities might soon deploy large-scale specialty weather-effects-that is, permanent climatological megastructures-instead of, say, Taj Mahals or Guggenheim Bilbaos as a way of differentiating themselves from their urban competition is a compelling one.

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