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Windcuts [flickr.com] consists of various experiments that turn quantitative sensor data into visually compelling physical instantiations. Wind movement measurement data, such as wind direction, velocity and temperature, was used as the foundation to generate a 3D form, which was then physically drilled out of a piece of wood.

The direction of the physical line corresponds with the direction of the wind. The width and speed of movement reflects the wind speed. The temperature is mapped unto the height. The materials 'surface plateau' height represents zero degrees Celsius. So when the shape dips below the surface, it means the wind's below zero degrees.

In terms of innovative wooden data representations, we already have:
. Tidal Data Table
. Weeping Willow Mood Sculptures
. Stock Market Data Sculpture
. 3D MRI Scan Model
. Bus Route Structure
. Global Cities

Via @mtchl.





Can you explain more clearly what the heights mean for the first image? I don't quite follow you. Does it represent direction and temperature?

Wed 21 Apr 2010 at 3:21 AM

Thanks for the question.
The height indicates the temperature. Notably, I'm missing an absolute scale to help people figure out the exact temperature (mea culpa, yes, yes. I thought I'd concentrate on form). However, as a kind of surface on which the shape moves on, or descends into, represents 0°C .

The temperature actually only descends below 0°C on the first model I made. There it's early spring (Finland) and the temperature fluctuates above and below 0°C, creating a shape going in and out of the surface.

Hope that helps,


Wed 21 Apr 2010 at 3:36 AM

The windcut forms are based on some wind visualisation work I (author of the abovementioned forms) did a little earlier.
Some of the videos showing the 2d version of the 'windtracing', as well as the 3d version used to make the 3d forms, can be seen here:

In the 2d version, line colour is used to indicate temperature.

Thu 22 Apr 2010 at 8:38 PM
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