Wind of Boston 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, Refik Anadol Studio 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. The visualizations are custom programmed and precisely calibrated to the technical specifications of the seamless, high-resolution LED screen to create spectacular depth, rich contrast, and poetic movement within the digital canvas.
Visible daily from 8AM to 11PM from both interior and exterior, Wind of Boston is located in the lobby of 100 Northern Avenue at Fan Pier. Commissioned by The Fallon Company to compliment the architectural design by HOK, it is the latest addition to the public art landscape of the Seaport District, also home to the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston.
PROJECT: Refik Anadol Studio
MEDIA ARTIST & DIRECTOR: Refik Anadol
COMMISSIONED BY: The Fallon Company
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
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DG Hunt & Associates, LLC
TECHNICAL APPLICATION : Diversified
HARDWARE PROVIDER : Planar
SOUNDTRACK: Goldmund – Door Of Our Home
SOUND FX DESIGN: Kerim Karaoglu