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Art

Rainy Australian Cityscapes by Mike Barr

Rainy Australian Cityscapes by Mike Barr

December 28, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

Australian painter Mike Barr focuses his work almost exclusively on rainy cityscapes, the moments of hazy gray that become illuminated by a city’s cars and traffic lights. There is a unity found in these dreary urban landscapes, a similarity of imagery which it makes it difficult to pinpoint which city is being captured. The city featured here however is Melbourne, a city Barr often focuses on in his umbrella spotted pieces. More



Animation Music Science

A Mesmerizing Sequence of Biological Simulations by Maxime Causeret for Max Cooper’s ‘Order from Chaos’

A Mesmerizing Sequence of Biological Simulations by Maxime Causeret for Max Cooper’s ‘Order from Chaos’

Dec.20.16

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Christopher

Starting with a recording of raindrops hitting the skylight in his old apartment, this track titled Order from Chaos from London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest album Emergence is the culmination of three years work merging his interests in science, music and visual arts. French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret was asked to provide the visuals and the result is a mesmerizing blend of biological simulations and music video. More



Design Science

The Tempescope is an Ambient Weather Device that Simulates the Forecast on Your Desktop

The Tempescope is an Ambient Weather Device that Simulates the Forecast on Your Desktop

May.28.15

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Christopher

The Tempescope is a novel device designed by Ken Kawamoto that displays the upcoming forecast by simulating weather conditions inside a small translucent box. The device is capable of downloading information about upcoming weather off the internet, which it then translates into a variety of modes to replicate sunshine, clouds, rain, and even lighting. Kawamoto made an early version of the device available as a free open-source project called OpenTempescope so you can try building your own, but a consumer version is planned for Kickstarter later this year. More



Design

You Are Here Umbrella

You Are Here Umbrella

May.25.15

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Christopher

Multi-disciplinary artist Nadiah Alsagoff designed this fun shadow umbrella that never fails to remind you exactly where you are. These shots are stills of a larger video art piece exploring Alsagoff’s interest in “relationship between the body, the self and its position the everyday world.” (via Fubiz, This Isn’t Happiness) More



Design Illustration

A New Series of Water-Activated Illustrations and Games on Seattle Sidewalks Only Appear When It Rains

A New Series of Water-Activated Illustrations and Games on Seattle Sidewalks Only Appear When It Rains

Mar.24.15

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Christopher

Famous for its notoriously rainy weather, Seattle is the perfect home for this new series of water-activated interactive artworks, illustrations, and hidden messages that only appear when wet. Titled Rainworks, the invisible pieces by Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church started popping up last year. Each installation is made from an environmentally safe, water-repellent coating that lasts anywhere from 4 months to a year. You can see more here. (via Vandalog, Metafilter) More



Art Design

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

Jul.1.14

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Christopher

Multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture in time split between his New York and New Zealand studios. One of his most elegant creations is Cloud, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. From Clarkson’s website:

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment.

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Animation

Paint Showers: A Thunderstorm of Stop Motion Paint by Miguel Jiron

Paint Showers: A Thunderstorm of Stop Motion Paint by Miguel Jiron

Mar.24.14

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Christopher

Paint Showers is beautiful animated short directed and animated by LA-based Miguel Jiron. Filmed back in 2011, the piece was made by photographing sequences of paint drips and splashes which were then set to sounds of rain creating an otherworldly thunderstorm of paint. You can see much more of Jiron’s animation work right here. (via Vimeo Staff Picks) More



Art Photography

Rainscapes: Hyperrealistic Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson

Rainscapes: Hyperrealistic Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson

Jun.17.13

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Christopher

West Duval Street, Lake City, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

West Duval Street, Lake City, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

Black Lake Road, Odessa, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on Strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

Black Lake Road, Odessa, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts. More



Photography

A Massive Rotating Supercell Filmed Near Booker, Texas by Mike Olbinski

A Massive Rotating Supercell Filmed Near Booker, Texas by Mike Olbinski

Jun.10.13

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Christopher

On June 3rd of this year after four years of trying, Arizona photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski finally got the shot he’d been searching for: the formation of a gigantic rotating supercell. After four trips to the central plains since 2010, Oblinski and friend Andy Hoeland were tracking storms in northern Texas last week when they spotted this unbelievable cloud formation. The duo were actually forced to drive right through the storm system (which didn’t spawn a tornado) to obtain this unworldly footage that might as well have been shot on Jupiter, but in the end it was all worth it. More



Art

The Waterfall Swing

The Waterfall Swing

Oct.15.12

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Christopher

From the kabillions of likes on YouTube and Tumblr this project has apparently circumnavigated the internet already, but for some reason it’s been entirely off the Colossal radar. A collaborative installation between Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte, the Waterfall Swing is an intelligent swingset made from mechanical waterjets (solenoids) that create a falling plane of water in the path of the swinger. However just as the rider reaches the rainfall the water parts briefly ensuring nary a drop dampens their swinging. More



Art

Rain: A Glass Raindrop Installation by Stacee Kalmanovsky

Rain: A Glass Raindrop Installation by Stacee Kalmanovsky

May.24.12

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Christopher

Rain is a 2005 installation of suspended glass water droplets by Chicago artist Stacee Kalmanovsky. She really found a perfect spot to install this, right below the giant sky lights. I bet the refraction of sunlight onto the floor and surrounding walls was gorgeous. (via behance) More