The Weather Followers



Created by David Colombini, “The Weather Followers” is a sculpture connected to a webapp that brings serendipity to your digital life, using constantly evolving weather data recorded by four weather instruments.

The project offers humour, poetry and surprise as an alternative to ‘smart’ applications and predictive, comfortable digital routines. Instead of our decisions being driven by intangible algorithms and hidden lines of code, The Weather Followers helps us feel the speed and direction of the wind, the amount of particulate matter in the air, the intensity of the sun or the rhythm of the rain.

The project also contains a spiritual aspect, by welcoming and accepting the chaotic changes of the climate as the motor of our daily digital actions, we are also reminded that there are some things in life that are patently beyond us and that we can’t always adjust them in real time to our will.

The four weather instruments:

– “Windy Encounters” sends your drawing in the direction of the wind.
– “Polluted Selfie” glitches your selfie according the surrounding pollution level.
– “Drizzly Rhythms” plays unexpected music according to the rhythm of the rain.
– “Sun(e)rase” deletes your data depending on the sun intensity.

Read more about the project on this article: here

Graphic identity developped in collaboration with Alex Fergusson

Thanks to: Willem Kempers and our friends from InSwiGo
Video credit: here




Python, Arduino IDE, PHP, JS, HTML, CSS


1400 x 1400 x 2420mm

Hardware / Material

Steel, Aluminum, Electronic components (weather sensors, Raspberry Pi, Raspi Camera, Arduino), acrylic, rubber, glass, waterproof speakers, amplifier, power supply, blue paint.


London Design Festival

Air pollution workshop, London Design Week

The CORDS shop London

The Weather Followers at The CORDS Shop London

AppArtAward 2017

Polluted Selfie at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.


App Art Award

”Polluted Selfie” won the App Art Award in category AppARTivism, at the ZKM, Karlsruhe.

IKEA foundation project grant

The Weather Followers received the IKEA foundation Switzerland project grant



“The Weather Followers, Bringing serendipity to the digital life”