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Artists' inspiration

Weather conditions near and far shape activity at a northern waterfront location like Ballard. For the fishermen who operate the North Pacific fishing fleet - the West Coast's largest - the weather is especially important, since most of their work is done in winter in the inhospitable region of the Bering Sea.

But even for those of us who stay in Ballard, weather is of interest because it is full of daily surprises and it connects us to our natural environment. Mindful of a library's function as both a repository and generator of information, the artists have created artworks that turn weather information into visual and auditory patterns.




About the Artists

Donald Fels has been making art in public places since the early 1980s. Based in the Puget Sound area, he has initiated projects worldwide, collaborating broadly with many others. Several of his projects have involved science and scientists. His primary interest is in finding ways to present complex ideas in novel and unexpected contexts. Having worked with a variety of media, technology and artistic processes, Fels strives to develop a meaningful interaction among art, its environment, and the viewer. Fels has a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and a master's degree from City University in Seattle.


Andrew Schloss is a pioneer in new musical instruments, and has performed worldwide using a new instrument called the "radio drum." He has collaborated with musicians and artists since the 1970s when he toured with British director Peter Brook; he now is collaborating with contemporary Cuban musicians. Schloss has taught at Brown University, the University of California at San Diego, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and currently at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He studied music and mathematics at Bennington College in Vermont and the University of Washington and received his doctoral degree in hearing and speech sciences from Stanford University. He lives in Seattle and Victoria, B.C.


Dale Stammen lives in Seattle where he works as a musician and a technical consultant for a variety of artistic projects. As a member of the Quarks! Trio, he has played the saxophone in concerts across Western Canada and the United States. From 1996-2000, he was a lead software developer of the RealPlayer and RealProducer applications at RealNetworks. He has written the software used in many installations around the world, most recently for the Canadian government and the new Seattle City Hall. He studied music composition, computer music and saxophone performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He received his doctoral degree in music, media and technology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Special thanks to:

  • Randall Jones, a Seattle musician and software designer who makes instruments for playing interrelated sounds and images. From 2000-2002 he worked for Cycling '74, where he co-authored Jitter, a graphics and matrix-processing addition to the popular Max/MSP software used in this installation.
  • Tom Gordon, co-founder of spOre Inc., who fabricated the LED displays. The Seattle-based design and manufacturing company concentrates on engineering unique solutions to architectural problems.
  • Coastal Environmental Systems Inc. of Seattle, and R.M. Young Co. of Traverse City, Michigan, for their generous donation of the wind sensors, installation, and technical support. The wind sensors are manufactured by R.M. Young Co.
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