Grass & Bottle wind vanes positioned in grid
Initial setup for grid
Grid from above
In an effort to investigate and reveal the winds movements on the site, I determined to make a number of wind vanes.
Utilizing empty beer and soft drink bottles found discarded on site and the long meadow grass I created simple wind vanes.
Seedhead acts as wind vane’s tail.
The grass stalk is bent once to create a pointer.
Second bend secured by wrapping the grasses blade around junction creates a vertical axis.
Hole cut in bullseye of Bionade bottle top to keep grass central in bottle.
Bionade – a natural organic non-alcoholic refreshment – seems the soft drink of choice in Berlin and discarded caps could be picked up all over the wasteland.
The other Berlin drink of choice!
A small amount of sand in the bottom of the bottle keeps grass stem central rather than sliding down the dome in the bottle’s base causing the grass to lean.
The wasteland area around Mobile Research Station No. 1 will be the site of a series of experiments and investigations into the flow of air – the winds effect on the environment and the environments effect on the wind.
The Research Station is commissioned by SKULPTURENPARK BERLIN_ZENTRUM for their project Wunderland. The station can be found on the open ground between Seydelstr and Beuthstr
Researchers include: Esther Polak (Amsterdam) 18-22 Aug, Annika Lundgren (Gothenburg/Berlin) 17-21 Aug, Martin John Callanan (London) 24-30 Aug, Katie Paterson (London) 31 Aug - 6 Sep, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson (Manchester/Berlin) 5-10 Sep, Simon Faithfull (Berlin/London) 11-14 Sep, Tim Knowles (London) 15-19 Sep
Research Communications Day
Findings will be presented at the Research Station at 20:00 on Sunday 20 September 2009