Wind of Boston: Data Paintings
We collaborated with Refik Anadol Studio in “Interconnected” project with our Fluid Structure piece.
Wind of Boston: Data Paintings is a site-specific work that turns the invisible patterns of wind in and around Boston into a series of poetic data paintings within a 6’ x 13’ digital canvas. By using a one-year data set collected from Boston Logan Airport, we developed a series of custom software to read, analyze and visualize wind speed, direction, and gust patterns along with time and temperature at 20-second intervals throughout the year.

The resulting artwork is a series of four dynamic “chapters”, each using data as a material to create a unique visual interpretation of the interaction between the environment and the city. Each chapter brings different aspects of the data sets to life with distinct and varied painterly, emotive aesthetics, making visible the invisible beauty of wind as a natural phenomenon.

Each of the four chapters focuses on one distinct characteristic of the Wind of Boston. The first chapter, Hidden Landscapes highlights the anemometer’s most radical readings to create immaterial, spatial experiences. Porcelain Memories recalls the intangible power of a gale when reimagined outside of the traditional constraints of time. Sea Breeze explores the paradox of soft gentle wind blowing from the sea to the site in the harsh cold of winter. Gust in the City is a top-view visualization that explores the phenomenon of high speed winds in short bursts and the constant unseen poetic dance between the forces of nature and the built environment.
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/ Credits
Project By Refik Anadol Studio Media Artist & Director:
Refik Anadol
Commissioned By The Fallon Company :
Joseph F. Fallon Richard Martini
Studio Team Members & Collaborators:
Raman K. Mustafa / Kian Khiaban / Toby Heinemann / Nick Boss Rob Tom Browning / Bahadir Dagdelen / Yusuf Emre Kucur / Kerim Karaoglu
Art Consultants : Directions In Art:
Julie White Ratner / Joanne Brody Spielman
Technical Application:
JDiversified Phil Fortune / Mitch Rabil / Mike Finnerty / Brian Mckeon
Project Management:
Dg Hunt & Associates, Llc
Technical Application:
Phil Fortune / Mitch Rabil / Mike Finnerty / Brian Mckeon
Hardware Provider:
Planar
Soundtrack:
Refik Anadol / Efsun Goldmund / Door Of Our Home
Sound Fx Design:
Kerim Karaoglu