Streetlight Storm, 2009
Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson
Katie Paterson frequently teams with physicists and astronomers to create her work. Streetlight Storm, exhibited here for the first time in the United States, originates in transmissions received from a giant antenna in Great Britain that is able to detect lightning from the Arctic Circle to North Africa and translate it in real-time into bright flashes of light. The lamps above each entrance to Storm King's Visitor Center respond to the transmissions, and their flashes represent lightning from faraway places.