Seattle Parks and Rec
Before modern-day weather forecasting was available to us, wind chimes were often used by farmers, sailors and loggers to provide short-term predications of what to expect based on wind direction and speed. Re-interpreting this notion of the wind chime, Michelle Arabwill place small bells of varying sized and tones on the upper branches of all the trees within and surrounding the park. Barely seen, the subtle sounds of the bells will be an audio map of the wind through the square. For those who listen or are aware of the project, they will hear how wind moves through the park and can note changes over the course of the day.
Wind Map of Occidental Park is part of the artSparks 2010 program. To learn more about what is going on in Occidental Park this summer, please visit the artSparks 2010 website.
Photo courtesy of artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
The relationship and integration of art, nature, and the built environment is the primary focus in Michelle’s work. Conceptually driven, yet grounded with the practical knowledge of working in public spaces as a landscape architect, Michelle’s work aims to tell latent stories through site specific work that engages people with phenomenological experiences such as movement, light and/or sound.