Charles Sowers has been developing pieces of art that showcase natures natural changing physical beauty. Often things we take for granted or are invisible in our daily lives they surround us and yet go unnotivced.
He develops physical interactive art pieces or apparatuses that change with natural phenomnia. In one the swirl of fog blowing over a hill, the formation of ice on a puddle, or flow of water and foam on the beach as a wave drains awe
A wall of wind-activ
Windswept consists of 612 freely rotating wind direction indicators mounted parallel to the wall creating an architectural scale instrument for observing the complex interaction between wind and the building. Wind gusts, rippling and swirling through the sculpture, visually reveal the complex and ever-changing ways the wind interacts with the building and the environment.
When flipped over, a fluid filled chamber forms drips which are illuminated from below. One side of the chamber has a screen onto which the drips are projected. The drips act as lenses that focus the light in interesting and beautiful patterns. One interesting feature is that the drips self-arrange into a quasi-hexagonal or vornoi latice of equally spaced drips.
Two back-lit viewing cells containing a ferro-magnetic fluid constrained between closely-spaced pieces of glass are mounted on a small table. Initially looking like a blob of black ink, the fluid morphs into a convoluted pattern of lines when a magnet is held against the under-side of the table. Moving the magnet causes the patterns to change. Because its a small table more than one user can interact at the same time with it.
48”L x 24”W x 30”H, viewing area 18”x18”, Water, Polaroid filters, refrigeration apparatus.
Ice forming on top of a chilled horizontal window is viewed through polarizing filters allowing one to watch richly colored crystals grow. A water sprayer allows the user to re-melt the ice so they can watch the process anew