AiryLight's visualization provokes curiosity about air quality as a broader environmental issue. Using a moving lens, the light that is emitted from the AiryLight fixture has a varying degree of clarity in its pattern; the smallest, simplest light patterns represent the best air quality, focused patterns represent the midway between good and unhealthy, and the haziest patterns represent the worst air quality.
While the pattern represents an abstract view of the data, etched gears display more detailed information. Tiny changes in particulate matter outside are mapped to the subtle changes in the form of the light pattern. The continuous function creates an ambiance, indoors, that informs you of the environment, outdoors.
The data is from the New York City site of the Air Quality Index, measured in particulate matter 2.5 m.
I would like to incorporate more awareness about the global climate into my daily routines and environment. Whereas data, stories and information about the climate are typically in newspapers or documentaries, whereas artists make large-scale installations or artwork that is installed in galleries or museums, I would like to make a small-scale object that lives with you, that can tell you something about the changing climate every day, from which you and everyone in your home can learn.
Furthermore, I am interested in the multi-pronged challenge of relaying information from one scale to the next, from faraway to your own home, and from a dense dataset to a plausible daily understanding.