28 February 2008

Melting Frost Sun Dial


Urban Environment


This caught my eye two weeks ago: sun-thawed frost tracing melt-patterns across the bridge. It took me a while to work out what was going on because the pattern was so uniform. I thought the city cleaning contractor, BSR, must have sent out one of their bright orange bugs to clean up the bridge, and the driver had had a ball. But the truth was somewhat more sublime.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could build this kind of serendipitous play of nature into architecture? Weirdly shaped perforated towers built specifically to thaw intricate crystalline arcs onto frosted windows; fountains built specially to squirt ice scultpures onto the sides of office buildings ”¦