Cirrostratus is a three dimensional parametric public artwork that explores the intersection of the digital, analogue, and natural worlds.   The design of Cirrostratus is inspired by punched cards which existed from the invention of computer programming languages up until the mid-1980’s.  Most early computer programmers created, edited, and stored their programs line by line on the punch cards, making them a signature object at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds; a decidedly analogue object that represents the digital revolution itself.

The southeast facade is inspired by the format of the original test-data prototype card designed by Herman Hollerith in 1886 as a “test signal” for his newly invented Tabulating Machine.  The first significant application of this punch card format occurred four years later with the 1890 US Census.  Hollerith’s company would go on to become IBM.

The southwest facade is inspired by the standardized punch card format introduced by IBM in 1928 and widely used for over 50 years thereafter.  It featured rectangular holes, 80 columns with 12 punch locations each, one character per column, and became the global standard for punch card formatting.

The color design of Cirrostratus is inspired by the high-level clouds of the same name and the multi-colored prismatic effects of light reflection and refraction that they display.  The distinct effect of cirrostratus clouds defines the unique signature of the costal Southern California sky, producing a color palate of sunlight not found anywhere else in the world.

Commissioned by

IDS Real Estate Group in conjunction with the Culver City Art in Public Places Program

 

Fabrication
Arktura

 

Project Management
DG Hunts Associates

 

Public Art Advisor
Michelle Isenberg

 

Photography
Elif Sanem Karakoç

Locations & Date
San Francisco, US
02/03/2017

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