Texas Sky

Kelly Park

Science

Meteorology, a science of atmosphere, is closely related to climate changes and weather. Texas is known for its fickle and unexpected weather.

When I first moved to Texas, I noticed that Texas sky is vast. It was because I lived in the big cities like Seoul and New York, where you are surrounded by skyscrapers. In Soul and New York, my view was hindered by skyscrapers, but in Texas, there are very few buildings go up higher than three stories. The sky is wide open for you to observe. It is interesting to observe Texas sky because of fickle and sporadic weather. This month, different parts of Texas experienced very discrete weather. Houston got flood, Rowlett got softball-sized hail. It is Texas when it pours down one moment and later all dried up and sunny.

The sky in the painting, Texas Sky, seems like it’s ready to change at any moment. Based on the weather I experienced living Texas, I created a gif animation that mimics the precipitation radar. Different colored areas are selected; in motion, it looks like the cloud is dancing.






Technology

How can I capture the vast sky?

We are living in the age of technological advancements where we capture images from the satellites in the universe and do have a better understanding of the atmosphere. But I think capturing the whole sky is quite impossible, but I thought I can mimic the unfathomable and perpetual quality of the sky by looping the animation.

I used my iPad to capture the sky. As I turned 360 degrees, I took 12 photographs in the different angles. Then, I edited photos into monotone photographs. Later, I looped the images to mimic the perceptual quality of the sky. I used some crazy colors to represent the fickle and random quality of Texas sky. Also, each gif animation has different speed, which represent the wind.






Engineering

I started this project by creating a mind map, which helped me jot down thoughts quickly and visually brainstorm ideas. Often this process inspires new research topics and the concept of the project. I thought this process is vital for engineering because before you create something, you want to understand what it is.

Later, I created a concept map, which is more focused on the artwork, Texas Sky. This methodology helps you carefully observe the artwork longer, discover new meanings and expand your perspective.






Perspective

Like landscapes and seascapes, artists were interested in the sky as a subject of their expression. Traditionally, artists used the watercolor oil or acrylic paints to visualize skies, but today’s world some artists used drones and 360-degree cameras to capture the beauty of the sky.

I created my own skyscape by manipulating photographs of Texas sky, I took over the years. I utilized a grid of different panels to change colors different sections; These sections to represent various faces of Texas Sky.

“My greatest dream is the projection of light into the vast night sky, the probing of the universe as it meets the light, untouched, without obstacles—the world of space is the only one to offer man practically unlimited freedom.”—Otto Piene

Here are some skyscape paintings from various artists.

Vista del Golfo II by Julio Larraz

Untitled by Carlos Narino

Samsara by Zhaoming Wu

Cloud and Power Line by Maurizio Lanzillotta






Math

We tend to think that the color of the sky is sky blue, but the color of the sky displays different colors through the day. Texas Sky painting includes some unusual colors for the sky.

I dissected this painting into distinctive colors and created a mathematical representation of the painting. Based on the pixel amount of color/

Today, it is very common to represent color in numbers. We categorize colors with Pantone systems and hexadecimal. These methodologies allow us to differentiate one color from the other. Hexadecimal was created so that we can easily identify and refer to a color.

The hex code and pixel count of colors on Texas Sky:

Name HEX Pixel Count
White ffffff 180,468
Ochre a37a2a 44933
Medium Gray 8e8b87 40892
Warm Gray cfc8b9 38952
Dark Gray 83827d 38952
Sky Blue 4f91c5 32536
Mint a7beaa 17198
Blue Gray 7888a1 13753
Black 181713 12803
Red d12523 8252
Orange e88527 4651
Yellow e1cd6a 3555

Pie chart showing the pixel count of colors on Texas Sky