The Cyanometer by Martin Bricelj Baraga is a monolith that measures the blueness of the sky and visualises the quality of air in Ljubljana, and simultaneously sends data to an online archive. The cyanometer was invented by Geneva-based scientist Horace Benedict de Saussure in 1789. He systematically documented the blueness of the sky with his cyanometer, which was a simple circular tool with 53 shades of blue. He concluded that blueness is influenced by both moisture and the amount of suspended particles in the air. The art installation Cyanometer by Martin Bricelj Baraga is inspired by the original cyanometer. De Saussure’s cyanometer – a blue color wheel, forms the core of the monument, gently directing our gaze back to the sky. The monolith gatheres data of the blueness of the sky and the quality of air and visualises them, thus becoming an instrument which raises awareness on the quality of a crucial element of life.
In a cloud based world, the only clouds that really matter are the ones we see in the sky. The Cyanometer is a new nonument from the Nonument series. Nonuments are a series of Martin Bricelj Baraga’s futuristic, sci-fi and utopian installations and objects in public spaces.
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