Leeds, UK – Artist David Shearing is bringing the great outdoors inside with an immersive performance.
Built from screens, wooden pallets, grass and some atmospheric lighting, Shearing’s installation will recreate the swirling fog, howling wind and pattering rain that commonly feature in our weather systems.
The installation is a response to our increasing disconnection with the natural world around us, and Shearling hopes The Weather Machine will rekindle visitors’ appreciation of how climate conditions connect us to each other and, ultimately, shape our lives.
‘I think the city environment limits our experience of the horizon and our sense of distance, so gaining perspective on ourselves is really important for placing ourselves in the world,’ says Shearing. ‘In terms of the weather, we rarely take time to dwell on it. We are usually passing through or experiencing it as something to overcome, rather than as a phenomenon to embrace.’
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