Probe Field

[Image: From "Kielder Probes" by Phil Ayres, Chris Leung, and Bob Sheil, courtesy of sixteen*(makers)].

Beginning in 2003, architects Phil Ayres, Chris Leung, and Bob Sheil of sixteen*(makers) began experimenting with a group of "micro-environmental surveying probes" that he was later to install in Kielder Park, Northumbria, UK.

[Image: From "Kielder Probes" by Phil Ayres, Chris Leung, and Bob Sheil, courtesy of sixteen*(makers)].

The probes were "designed to act as dual monitors and responsive artefacts." Which means what, exactly?
    The probes were designed to measure difference over time rather than the static characteristics of any given instance. Powered by solar energy, the probes gathered and recorded ‘micro environmental data’ over time. The probes were simultaneously and physically responsive to these changes, opening out when warm and sunny, closing down when cold and dark. Thus not only did the probes record environmental change, but they demonstrated how these changes might induce a responsive behaviour specific to a single location.
After the probes were installed, they were filmed by "an array of high-resolution digital cameras programmed to record at regular intervals."

[Images: From "Kielder Probes" by Phil Ayres, Chris Leung, and Bob Sheil, courtesy of sixteen*(makers)].

The resulting data—which took note of the climatic and solar situations in which the objects began to change—offers insights, Sheil suggests, into how "passively activated responsive architecture" might operate in other sites, under other environmental conditions.

[Images: From "Kielder Probes" by Phil Ayres, Chris Leung, and Bob Sheil, courtesy of sixteen*(makers)].

As DIY landscape-registration devices constructed from what appear to be off-the-shelf aluminum plates, they also cut an interesting formal profile above the horizon line, like rare birds or machine-flowers perched amidst the tree stumps.

[Image: From "Kielder Probes" by Phil Ayres, Chris Leung, and Bob Sheil, courtesy of sixteen*(makers)].

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4 Comments:

Anonymous wpgmb said...

yet another striking example of design autofellatio, courtesy of the Bartlett.

December 03, 2010 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haters gonna hate.

I bet they're not "off the shelf" though.

December 03, 2010 8:46 AM  
Anonymous martin tamke said...

great apparatus though - the installation is actually made by a group of people called sixteenmakers / www.sixteenmakers.com who later build as well a great pavillion in the installations forest. Bob Sheil is one of teh sixteenmakers

December 04, 2010 12:38 PM  
Blogger Moon River said...

they looks like a birds a prey
and in some associative way make me thing on the huge devastating fire who set on fire large portion of north israel forest these last days.
was wondering if those objects can be used to prevant these kind of catastrophe

December 04, 2010 1:26 PM  

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