This 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. Its choreography is derived from the Mesoamerican folk ritual ‘Danza de los Voladores’. The rain generator will operate at times when naturally occurring precipitation is gauged to be too infrequent or otherwise insufficient.
The adjacent crannóg houses mechanical meteorology apparatus, electrical systems and solar panels. This equipment not only provides power but also controls activation of the rain generator. Meteorological information and power generation levels are recorded and allow the sculpture to be monitored remotely by Paddy from his Belfast studio. You can access the data here.
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.
Steven Cunliffe, John Davidson, Paddy Gallagher, Russell Purvis
Áit | Location
Gaol River, Gaol Road, Galway
Dáta | Date
11.12.20 – 31.03.21
Arna choimeádú ag | Curated by
Ríonach Ní Néill
Buíochas le | Thanks to
Galway City Council; Inland Fisheries Ireland
“We’re exploring the artistic possibilities of renewable energy generation. There are many reasons to be optimistic about the positive impacts decarbonised energy production can have on our lives. We can have healthier and cleaner cities. We’re hoping to inspire passers-by to think about how clean energy and decentralised power can transform where we live for the better.”