Huey-Dewey-Louie Climate Clock
An homage to the film 'Silent Running'
A collaboration with Robert Davis, Psychology Department, Goldsmiths College, London.

This project, one of the three finalists in the ideas competition organised by the Climate Clock Initiative, San Jose, is a proposed self-building landscape that measures and tracks climate change, both local and global, over the course of the next 100 years. The concept and technical design will be further developed over the next couple of years, in particular during a residency at FUSE:cadre.

huey-dewey-louie climate clock

Our basic assumptions:

The Clock consists of three characters that construct themselves over the course of days, months & years forming a highly legible landscape record of climatic change & possible causes of this change. Biological materials are extracted directly from the environment to facilitate ongoing and future analyis.

Huey-Dewey-Louie Climate Clock after 14 years...

huey-dewey-louie climate clock

I. Accretion Mounds: Huey
Autonomously accreted daily from light & dark materials extracted chemically from the atmosphere, the thickness of each carbonised/calcareous layer is proportional to the degree of fluctuation of local environmental parameters, visible, like tree-rings, via colour gradations of the deposited material. The geometric trend of the stratigraphic conic structure is dependent upon measurements of climatic change so that, viewed from below, the sky is visible until its completion, at which point the date will indicate the relative 'health' of the global weather system - the later it closes each year the better the global ecosphere's 'health'.

huey-dewey-louie climate clock

II. 3m3 Samples: Dewey
Round the site will be 100 plinths onto which will be placed annually a sample of air hermetically preserved in a transparent box measuring 3m x 1m x 1m. At Year 0, 10,000 daffodil seeds will be cloned from a single genetic sample. Each year, 100 will be planted on site; at year-end, a single flower and 99 compacted into a block will be placed at the base of the sealed sample columns. The way this preserved plant material, genetically identical through 100 years, responded to its year's changing climatic situation, and the air samples, will provide useful material for future analysis.

huey-dewey-louie climate clock

III. Cubic Data Packer: Louie
An autonomous machine, powered by solar panels & heat engine, grazes round the site moving 1 cm/day, guided by local temperature & wind conditions. It extracts local soil via helical blades & fuses this daily into small cubes, each face of which is stamped with a date & environmental or economic measurements chosen by daily popular public vote, including e.g. global CO2 level, atmospheric methane, rainfall, price of corn, or index of light crude oil - whatever contemporary humans determine to be important. The cubes through their encoded positions record both local & global daily environmental conditions.

huey-dewey-louie climate clock

November 2013: Please note that Haque Design + Research is now Umbrellium, where more up-to-date information can be found Umbrellium