Tomorrow's Weather Stockholm Central Station, 2012

At the request of Sweden’s National Public Art Council and the rail transport industry real estate company Jernhusen, Bigert & Bergström have completed a new site-specific work of art at the Stockholm Central Station. Entitled Tomorrow’s Weather, Stockholm Central Station, the piece is designed as a topographic staircase overhung by glowing molecules.

The rising structure is reminiscent of sedimentary layers, or the Arctic ice cores bored out to study climatic changes through history. The atmospheric molecules (H2O, C2, N2, etc.) change colour depending on the following day’s weather forecast. The work updates three times a day with the latest weather service reports, changing its guise according to the forecast. If sunny skies are predicted, the molecules take on blue tones with splashes of yellow; if clouds and rain are approaching, the molecules reflect a variety of grey tones. At the centre of the molecular cloud is a single globe that moves up and down with the temperature. On cold days it hangs low and glows blue, while a warm front makes the globe rise and turn red.

On first glance, the work is an informative instrument that travellers can ‘use’ to get an idea of tomorrow’s weather. At the same time its form is so abstract that the viewer must interpret the shifting light of the molecules intuitively. Only by observing the work many times can one ‘learn’ to read it.

The piece also ties directly into the bustle of the station, with its ever-changing arrival and departure boards that travellers continuously monitor for changes in times and platforms. The immediate future feels controlled and comprehensible, but that can all change quickly. Both heat distortion and snowdrifts can lead to a train being cancelled. The temporary, volatile nature of life can be exemplified by something as simple as a passing rain shower. One small percentual error in a weather forecast that makes us miss our train. The trivial detail that can lead to extreme consequences. We are reminded that the station is an environment that is not truly indoors. It is in constant contact with the climate through the regular departures and arrivals of the trains through the countryside.

The station is an urban space with few elements of the outside world that it communicates with. Other works of art in the building all relate to nature in various ways, and so does Tomorrow’s Weather Stockholm Central Station – but with one key difference: Where the other works depict nature in static form, Bigert & Bergström’s work is a schematic model inherently linked to changes in the natural surroundings, and is therefore itself changeable. For B&B, this is an interesting paradigm shift in which modern art merges with new technology to step away from the purely representative and become a part of on-going reality.

Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
2 x 8 x 16 m
Acrylic spheres, RGB-LED's,
electric cable, DMX-controller,
weather data, MDF, polyurethane coating
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012

Images

Films


Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Sunny with clear skies, +22°C
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Overcast and snow, -6°C
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Topographic depression with
temperature sphere
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Central Station
Topography and atmospheric molecules
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Top elevation
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
CO2 close up
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Topography and atmospheric molecules
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Topography and atmospheric molecules
Photo: Sasaki Yang
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Top view render
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Annual rings, sediment,
drill core and atmosphere
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Construction process
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Tomorrow's Weather
Stockholm Central Station
Construction process
Bigert & Bergström 2012

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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