For the next two weeks, Brisbane will no longer have to look skywards to see if a storm is brewing on the horizon.
A fascinating interactive science installation called ‘SKY’ is on show in the heritage-listed Queens Gardens, located in the CBD, which is enabling people to choreograph the weather to their own human movement.
It is one of 15 ‘Curiosities’ that have been assembled as part of a trail of interactive installations along the Brisbane River, between the South Bank Cultural Precinct and Brisbane Powerhouse.
The 15 ‘Curiocities’ have been designed to challenge locals and visitors to embrace their curiosity and explore science and innovation, Brisbane, and their place in the universe.
The trail is just one element of Curiocity Brisbane – an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory experience, the concept of Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Brisbane Marketing – which aims to link the city from South Bank to New Farm from now until 3 April 2019.
SKY artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman said his inspiration for the unique science installation came from the earth’s sky and the unpredictability of the weather.
“I think we all sometimes wish we had control over the weather – there are days when it’s too hot, too cold, too dry, not enough rain, and the list goes on,” Mr Drake-Brockman said.
“My installation invites locals and visitors to imagine a future with technology that allows perfect weather control.
“SKY consists of 32 air-jets that, when activated, inflate brightly lit five-metre tall fabric plumes that ascend and surge with pulsations of pressure and swirling motion.
“It has eight microwave sensors that detect passing pedestrians and a computer that composes choreographic weather-pattern responses to human movement.
“This means anyone can have a bit of fun by walking past and whipping up their own storm, causing clouds and swirling winds to billow and surge together.”
Treasury Brisbane is the major partner of Curiocity Brisbane’s inaugural staging.