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Art Design

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

July 1, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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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. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

Watch the video below to see how it works, and see the different variations in his online store. (via Really Sh*t!)

Update: The Smart Cloud and RGB Cloud are now available in the Colossal Shop.

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Photography

Severe Skies: The Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

January 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Just a cursory glance at a few storm photos by Mike Hollingshead and it’s clear this guy has probably seen it all, and probably put his life at risk to do so. The intrepid storm chaser has been enduring foul weather since the late 90s, clocking some 20,000 miles a year in his car as he stalks thunderstorms and other extreme weather occurrences waiting to capture the perfect shot. Hollingshead shares his story with Jakob Schiller over at Raw File, and you can see hundreds of his photos, many available for purchase as prints, over on his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via Raw File)

 

 



Art Design

Sou Fujimoto’s Giant Serpentine Pavilion Converted into a Storm of LED Lightning by UVA

July 31, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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For the last thirteen years Serpentine Gallery has invited a guest architect to design a temporary structure on the London gallery’s front lawn. In what is billed as “the most ambitious architectural program of its kind worldwide,” designs have come from such visionaries as Ai Weiwei in 2012 and Frank Gehry in 2008. This year, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto (who at 41 become the youngest to accept the invitation) constructed a large network of 20mm steel poles and latticed metal that covers an area of 3,800 square feet.

While the white pavilion is impressive in its own right, the gallery further commissioned London-based United Visual Artists to create a network of LED lights that are meant to mimic the natural forms of an electric storm. At night the normally grounded structure becomes an electrified geometric cloud that flashes and pulsates with light. The installation is further enhanced by an accompanied soundtrack of precisely timed soundbites including the buzzing of electrical plants, effectively creating an auditory effect of thunder. A somewhat similar intervention took place here in Chicago a few years ago when LuftWerk transformed Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate. (via Wired, Huffington Post)

 

 



Photography

Terrifying Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

March 12, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Photographer Martin Rietze recently traveled to Japan where he had the incredible opportunity (or near grave misfortune?) of photographing the Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu as it spewed forth smoke, fire, and lava bombs. If that wasn’t enough the hellish volcano also caused a lightning show that lasted over 20 seconds giving the photographer ample time to flee for his life take these stunning photographs. You can see many more images from the series right here. Of note, the photographer’s grit and fearlessness landed the top photo a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week. (via spoon & tamago)

 

 



Photography

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones

November 11, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Cassanda C. Jones has just completed a new series where she meticulously arranges long-exposure photographs of stormy skies, using small fragments of lightning strikes to form line drawings of electrified rabbits and circles. The works are yet to be titled, but will be available as large format ink jet prints in editions of two. All images courtesy the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco.