One of the Kresge Art Fellows, Susan Goethal Campbell, has embarked on an amazing project that looks at clouds, both man-made and natural, that are a fascinating -- and often, beautiful -- aspect of Detroit's environment. It's a really cool blend of science, art and even bikes! From her ArtX page:
Her video installation, Detroit Weather: 365 days, is a project that documents one year of weather in the City of Detroit. . .The images were captured using a web cam placed on the 22nd floor of the Fisher Building, located in Detroit’s historic New Center. One image was archived each minute, 24 hours a day for an entire year. Running at 30 frames per second, the video shows three different views of the City: the South has views of downtown and Midtown; the Southwest shows views of industry, Zug Island and the Ford Rouge complex; and the East shows the Detroit incinerator and Lake St. Clair.
Cloudspotting Detroit is a guide that focuses on the unique atmosphere of Detroit. The accordion style brochure highlights intriguing man-made clouds as well as those that are occurring naturally. The guide includes a key to identify cloud types and a map showing a bike route to interesting cloud spots in the City.
Susan will participate in a public discussion on Saturday, April 9th, at the Detroit Science Center from 2 to 3 p.m. with meteorologist Dave Kook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Seasonal videotaped segments will be screened and copies of the Cloudspotting Detroit guide will be distributed.
Find out more at www.susangoethelcampbell.com and www.weather2250.com. We also have Cloudspotting brochures at the Wheelhouse, and are hoping to arrange a guided tour of her route later in the season!