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eCloud is a permanent art installation visible at the San Jose International Airport in California. This installation is a dynamic sculpture which constantly changes based on real time weather data from across the world. Consisting of a multitude of “unique polycarbonate tiles that can fade between transparent and opaque states” [1]. Its accompanied by a dynamic display, allowing the viewers to see where the weather patterns shown on the eCLOUD are coming from. This display  shows more than just the visible weather, it shows temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity levels, and others, all of which are represented in the eCLOUD simulations.


“We show this on a large dynamic display that is running custom software which pollus data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about international weather conditions. This data is used to create a simulation representing weather from any of the international locations.” [2]

In relation to Burnham, he mentions,

“all institutions which process art data, thus making information, are components of the work of art. Without the support system, the object ceases to have definition; but without the object, the support system can still sustain the notion of art. So we can see why the art experience attaches itself less and less to canonical or given forms but embraces every conceivable experiential mode, including living in everyday environments. Thus art, according to John McHale, becomes ‘temporal immersion in a continuous contextual flow of communicated experiences’.” [3]

Without the proper context of what this installation is, its just a pretty visual of changing tiles. But with the knowledge it becomes a shared experience. And without the information the dynamic display provides COMMA the simulation on the sculpture wouldn’t make much sense. Like mentioned by Burnham, without the information, artists can’t produce data. One cannot function without the other.


[1] eCLOUD project website:

[2] eCLOUD project website:

[3] Jack Burnham, “Real Time Systems” in Edward A Shanken, ed. Systems. MIT Press, 2015, p 116.