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Book Turns Weather Data Into Watercolor Paintings

Book Turns Weather Data Into Watercolor Paintings
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Eyes On The Sky is a book of watercolors that are created from photo data collected from camera across Europe.

Keerthana Jagadeesh
  • 27 june 2013

We all have apps and widgets that give us temperatures and the chance of rain, and we dress and prepare ourselves for the day by using this data. Graphic design student, Jed Carter, has harvested weather data to build a book of paintings, entitled Eyes On The Sky, that illustrate the weather across Europe.

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Carter used photos taken by 64 public access cameras across Europe, recorded the color of the sky and broke down the image into single pixel color. The book displays an abstract painting of all these whittled down European skies giving the feel and gist of the weather instead of hard facts in celsius.

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The book puts together a week of weather paintings updated by the cameras, once every hour. Speaking about the idea behind his innovative weather-based book, Carter says,

I believe that most people respond more intuitively to simple colours than to the complex units of data found in weather reports and downloadable apps. My phone can instantly inform me of the current temperature outside in degrees of Celsius, but this reading tells me nothing of how warm or cold it actually feels. How warm is 18°C, exactly? Does that mean I need a jumper or a coat? We can access a multitude of different kinds of data relating to the weather, but can this information be used to create something beautiful or intuitive to read?

Check out more weather inspired paintings from the book below:

Check out the video of the book below:

Eyes On The Sky // Jed Carter

 

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