WEATHER MODULATOR is a renewable energy-powered kinetic sculpture by Belfast artist Paddy Bloomer. Sited on the Goal River opposite Galway Cathedral, the sculpture is a weather modification station built on two crannógs perched above the water-line.
On one, a rain generator simulates a rain shower using energy harvested from the sun. It spins and sprays, rises and lowers like a fairground ride, in a playful nod to the nearby Millenium Park playground. The rain generator will operate at times when naturally occurring precipitation is gauged to be too infrequent or otherwise insufficient.
The adjacent crannóg houses an apparatus using a centuries old technology which simulates the passage of celestial bodies to measure the passing of time. Additional equipment to record weather and measure energy generated allow the sculpture to be monitored remotely by Paddy from his Belfast studio.
Paddy Bloomer is an artist based in Belfast with a background in engineering and a flair for the improbable. He is interested in finding and exploiting unusual power sources, waste disposal, health and safety legislation and subverting public infrastructure. Previous projects include installations in sewers and derelict factory chimneys, in alleyways, waterways, drinking arenas, and on lamp posts. He has been creating and exhibiting kinetic and interactive sculptures for 25 years, and this is his first public artwork in Galway.
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Steven Cunliffe, John Davidson, Paddy Gallagher, Russell Purvis