By Stacy Levy
Calendar of Rain was an ongoing visual record of precipitation at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Between June 2013 and June 2014 a funnel outside the building collected water in a bottle labeled with the date. Every 24 hours the bottle was capped and a new bottle was placed under the funnel. The collection of these bottles, as seen in the Hach Gallery, created a bar graph of precipitation for the year. At the end of the exhibition, bottles were given to visitors as mementos of the yearlong event.
Stacy Levy is a sculptor whose work translates and visualizes the often unseen processes and patterns of the natural world through science and art. Levy’s site-specific work is often done in partnership with scientists, engineers, and architects. In an interview with our staff Levy spoke about Calendar of Rain, the ways observing common items around us can help elucidate important facts about our environment, and how we might better understand the concept of urban nature.
More information about Stacy Levy, who is based in rural Pennsylvania, can be found at stacylevy.com.