The video above shows how the piece works. The cloud is created using regular tap water which is turned into a very dry mist by ultrasonic misters. The tiny ceramic discs vibrate so fast that they vaporize the water. Small computer controlled fans blow the fog around the room. In addition, computer-controlled infrared security camera lights are synched to the sounds of thunder and lightning.
Beneath the Surface An installation about Jupiter using a cloud and invisible lights Jupiter has enormous lightning-filled storms, and NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter will (among many other things) help us understand how deep into this cloud-covered planet the storms go.
This installation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory consists of a large cloud that hides infrared lights. Infrared light is invisible to the naked eye, but is visible to many cell phone cameras. Just as the Juno mission uses special detectors to peer through the clouds of Jupiter and reveal the depths of its storms, you can "see" lightning storms underneath this dynamic surface.
This was first shown at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Email me if you are interested in showing it at your venue.
Special thanks to Justin Gier (technology development), Jeremy Eichenbaum (video and editing), and Trenton McElhinney (music).