Forecast abstractly captures the essence of rainfall on a stone-paved road, drawing an analogy between weather and human emotions, comparing the outcome of a weather forecast to the range of feelings a rainy day can evoke, inviting viewers to reflect on their own relationship with rain and the emotions it evokes in them.
The code creatively recreates a weather forecast to determine where on the canvas rain will fall. It emulates barometric pressure and humidity to alter a circle packing **algorithm that acts like clouds over the canvas, generating the necessary data to calculate the probability of precipitation for each piece and distribute rain on the canvas in a visually appealing way.
Geometry, color, and natural forces work together to create an abstract representation of rain that pays homage to where I was born, “Galicia, where rain is art”.
In the northwest of Spain lies Galicia, a region where rain holds a special place.
With approximately half of the year consisting of rainy days, it's no surprise that the Galician language has evolved to encompass a rich vocabulary of over 100 words to describe its various forms and moments. Rain has become an art form in our everyday lives, expressed through our language and the nuances of our conversations.
It was within this setting of rich traditions and linguistic nuances that inspiration took hold on a rainy Sunday afternoon, as I wandered through the old part of town, captivated by the movement of raindrops and mesmerizing water ripples on the stone-paved road, nurtured by the deep connection between Galicia's cultural heritage of intricate vocabulary of rain.
This intriguing interplay between weather and language extends far beyond Galicia, languages like Japanese, Welsh, and even Hawaiian bear witness to this captivating phenomenon, where weather molds the very fabric of our linguistic expressions. It serves as a testament to the profound influence of weather on our collective human experience.
While rain and weather influencing language ignited my inspiration, I sought to explore further, embarking on a creative journey that explores the profound impact rain has on emotions and feelings —a shared human language that transcends borders and requires no translations.
To express the diverse range of emotions rain can evoke, I created color palettes inspired by personal memories and experiences, capturing the essence of how those moments, events, and places made me feel. To further enhance the expression of emotions, I use size and proportion symbolizing and amplifying the intensity of those feelings. This approach brings forth the emotional impact of rain in our lives, inviting viewers to reflect on their own relationship with rain and the feelings it evokes in them.
To add depth and significance to its compositions Forecast uses a creative approach woven into its code, that became such an important part of the piece that gave its name to the project. The code simulates a weather forecast emulating barometric pressure, and humidity – variables that dynamically influence a circle packing algorithm that symbolizes clouds over the canvas, generating the necessary data to calculate the probability of precipitation for each piece and distribute rain across the canvas in a visually appealing way. The result is a perfect balance between randomness and control that added an extra layer of depth to the artwork.
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