Large-Scale Honeycomb Breathes In Response To Changing Weather Patterns [Video]

Large-Scale Honeycomb Breathes In Response To Changing Weather Patterns [Video]

Shifts in wind direction and temperature cause this geometric structure to react.

Ross Brooks
  • 9 september 2013

Capacitor is a kinetic sculpture created by Seattle-based artist John Grade that reacts to the weather data collected from the roof of its home at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Part of the Uncommon Ground exhibition, the structure’s honeycomb shape is inspired by geometric forms commonly found in nature.

The installations reacts to wind direction outside by twists and shifting its giant bulk ever so slightly – giving it the appearance of a huge, living, breathing organism.


Apart from movement, the living sculpture also reacts to change in temperature. It does this using LEDs, which increase in intensity, or dim, depending on whether the temperature shifts up or down.

Watch this video for a more detailed explanation of the kinetic sculpture:

John Grade


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