Windswept - CODAworx


Submitted by Charles Sowers


Client: San Francisco Arts Commission for the Randall Museum

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team


Charles Sowers

Public Art Agent

San Francisco Arts Commission


JW Nickel

Installer: Rocket Science


Windswept (2011) – Randall Museum/San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA. 35'L x 20'H – aluminum, stainless steel, architectural panel wall system. Windswept is a wind-driven kinetic façade consisting of 612 freely-rotating directional arrows creating a large-scale observational instrument that reveals the complex interactions between the wind and the building. The wind arrows serve as discrete data points indicating the direction of local flow within the larger phenomenon.


Windswept transforms a mundane and uninspired architectural façade into a large-scale aesthetic/scientific instrument to reveal information about the interaction between the site and the environment.


The client desired a way to activate a blank facade. My proposal resonated with the Randall Museum's mission to engage the city's youth in the natural world.