Weather Man

June 30, 2010

As summer’s characteristic weather patterns send New Yorkers to public pools and weekends out of town, SVA alumnus and BFA Fine Arts Department faculty and staff member Erik Guzman (MFA 2003 Fine Arts; BFA 1996 Fine Arts) is presenting a public-art project that is uniquely attuned to the season’s climate. Weather Beacon is a multimedia sculpture installed at the World Financial Center (WFC), 200 Vesey Street, that wirelessly pulls in weather data from the Internet and transforms the information into constantly shifting patterns of light and movement.

Guzman conceptualized Weather Beacon as a way to tie together the elemental flow of nature through weather with the contemporary flow of information via the Web. “It’s a translation tool, or oracle, that allows for the visualization of the invisible forces of nature,” he says. Weather Beacon will be on view outside of the WFC’s Winter Garden through the end of 2010. For more information, visit Guzman’s Web site or the project’s Facebook page.

Image: Weather Beacon at the World Financial Center; photo by Erik Guzman.

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