Credit: Courtesy of Martin John Callanan.
Martin John Callanan: A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe) (2008-2009)
A Planetary Order is a terrestrial globe depicting clouds from a single moment in time. The globe itself is a physical visualization of real-time scientific data. To create the work, Callanan took one second of readings from all six cloud-monitoring satellites currently overseen by NASA and the European Space Agency and transformed the information physically into outlines and profiles of the clouds that were emerging at that moment across the surface of the Earth. The shimmering white cloud globe freeze-frames the entire operation of the global atmospheric regime and highlights the fragility of the environmental (and informational) systems that operate across the world.
Video of Richard Hamblyn and Martin John Callanan talking about the launch of Extraordinary Clouds and A Planetary Order, a new book and a terrestrial globe (via UCLTV).