Patrick Stevenson-Keating

September 13, 2013

Humans now have the ability to affect, control and even cause natural phenomena, whether it is rain, an earthquake or a flood. What if a person could do this not just by their actions, but literally transform themselves, morphing through changes in scale. In death we have the potential to do just this.

Cloud seeding is a way to intentionally modify weather, in an attempt to trigger precipitation from clouds. Rain is instigated this way by water vapour condensing around ash or silver nitrate particles dispersed above a chosen cloud.

We imagine that a person will have the option in their will to radically and ambitiously transform their body after their death into rain using cloud seeding. Following a funeral and cremation of a body, the crematorium will give the bereaved an aluminium vessel that contains their loved ones remains and a dormant aerostat.

Grief goes through several stages and the vessel is designed to be activated whenever the bereaved are ready. At the point that they are, they inflate the aeronautical balloon with helium. This event is an uplifting one, not over planned or formal; simply picking the right day with suitable weather conditions. Finally, the encapsulated ashes are sent skywards as the balloon is released.

As the sealed capsule ascends and fades out of sight, it becomes increasingly pressurised. At the point it reaches the troposphere, the highest point at which clouds formed, the capsule bursts, dispersing the ashes into the clouds below.

I wish to be rain 1

I wish to be rain 1

I wish to be rain 2

I wish to be rain 2

I wish to be rain 3

I wish to be rain 3

Edition 16
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Public opening times
19th to 22nd September
12-8pm

Eventbrite - Designersblock London 2013

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