Photo: Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenburg Team Up to Create "Wind Map"
Described as a “living portrait of the wind currents over the U.S.,” Wind Map is a project between artists Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg using data from the National Digital Forecast Database.
An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. The wind map shows the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.
Fernanda Viégas and I created the wind map in the cold winter months when wind was much on our minds. It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.
Viegas and Wattenberg’s project expressed the wind patterns of Hurricane Sandy (later down graded to ‘post-tropical cyclone) via real-time wind map patterns.
Below is a shot of the Wind Map during Sandy, and you can click here to see the real-time Wind Map.
Fernanda B. Viégas is a computational designer bron in Brazil whose work focuses on the social, collaborative, and artistic aspects of information visualization. She is a is a co-leader, with Martin Wattenberg, of Google’s “Big Picture” data visualization group in Cambridge, MA.
Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and artist. He is a co-leader, with Viégas and is known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of Modern Art.