We would love for the weather to ultimately take the role of creator for High Water. If that’s the case, we’d hope that regular visitors to the site would be using and seeing those colours and recognising it as its own visual language.
– Indigo Hanlee (2018)
High Water interprets our changing physical world every minute of the day through changes in temperature, humidity, wind direction, precipitation levels and tidal patterns. Separated into an abstract representation of sky and sea, High Water takes live data every minute from local weather sensors and the web, transforming the LED surface into a moving digital painting. Using a mix of handmade watercolours and generative art, High Water provides a visual interpretation of our changing climate.
A complementary interface allows visitors to understand the data, colours and patterns in real time and see visual summaries of local environmental conditions over the day, week and year. Access the visual record archive at www.highwater.sydney
Indigo Hanlee and Michael Thomas Hill create digital media for public spaces. Working as part of the Sydney-based design studio Lightwell, they use new technologies to interpret the physical world.
Lightwell have worked with museums and cultural institutions across Australia, including the Australian Museum, Anzac Memorial Hyde Park, State Library of NSW, ACMI, the National Archives, the National Museum of Australia and many others.
The artists won the Chippendale World Art Prize for their work ‘Dyeing Breath’ in 2016, and have created other permanent artworks for both the City of Sydney and the City of Seoul.