McCall's mile high Column of cloud
Artist Anthony McCall has unveiled plans to create a spinning column of cloud a mile high on Merseyside next year as part of the Cultural Olympiad for 2012
McCall's Column will be sited at Wirral Waters in Merseyside and be visible across the North West region throughout the Olympic year. It was commissioned by Arts Council England as part of Artists taking the lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Apparently, a “coherent convection” of cloud and mist, will be created by gently rotating the water on the surface of the Mersey and then adding heat which will make it lift into the air like a water spout or dust devil (see here).
A scale model of the installation is on show at McCall's current London show.
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I think this is a really nice idea. Organic and ever changing... Think I could be mesmorised watching something like this for quite some time... it's interesting and ever changing and will also encourage and engage kids thinking about the science behind it. Bet it will look great on approach to Liverpool John Lennon Airport right over the Mersey!
Not quite sure how it relates to the Olympics in particular though! Hopefully will be able to see it from my parents house.
Errrrr... This may work on a day when there is absolutely no wind but I doubt very much that it will if there is any kind of lateral wind., the water vapour will just be blown away, surely? In nature, tornadoes and the like are created by extreme weather conditions, winds of 100 to 300 miles per hour!
O for O'some !!! Lets attempt to challenge nature !!! WOoooHHooo !
A mile high. I think there's some serious leg pulling going on here.
I imagine an artist deserving of £500,000 to commission this would do a little testing before it actually happens and before the results we're promised. This is great and very creative! Good job.
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