WEATHER MODULATOR is a renewable energy-powered kinetic sculpture by Belfast artist PADDY BLOOMER. Sited on the Goal River opposite Galway Cathedral.
Weather Modulator is a weather modification station built on two crannógs perched above the water-line. On one, a rain generator simulates a rain shower using energy harvested from the sun. Its choreography is derived from the Mesoamerican folk ritual ‘Danza de los Voladores’. The rain generator will operate at times when naturally occurring precipitation is gauged to be too infrequent or otherwise insufficient.
The adjacent crannóg houses mechanical meteorology apparatus, electrical systems and solar panels. This equipment not only provides power but also controls activation of the rain generator. Meteorological information and power generation levels are recorded and allow the sculpture to be monitored remotely by Paddy from his Belfast studio. You can access the data HERE
Paddy Bloomer is an artist based in Belfast with a background in engineering and a flair for the improbable. He is interested in finding and exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal, health and safety legislation and subverting public infrastructure. Previous projects include installations in sewers and derelict factory chimneys, in alleyways, waterways, drinking arenas, and on lamp posts. He has been creating and exhibiting kinetic and interactive sculptures for 25 years, and this is his first public artwork in Galway.
Image Credit: Andrew Downes, Xposure