eCloud by Aaron Koblin is a dynamic sculpture inspired by clouds and its behavior, displayed in the San Jose International Airport. The installation, made from polycarbonate tiles, can fade between transparent and opaque states, with its pattern transforming periodically according to real-time weather data from around the world. I find this work intriguing, as it takes an ambiguous natural phenomenon and attempts to abstract its behavior into a pixelated paneling system. From the example of different “states” of the installation, there seems to be an algorithmic system where the opaqueness (or lack of) of the panels are calculated according to the fogginess of the current weather. And the location of said opaque panels indicate the wind motion. It is an interesting idea to bring the outside into interior spaces; I can imagine it conveying a relaxing, pleasant mood in the San Jose airport.


Cloud conditions of San Jose & Berlin (respectively)

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