Most Blue Skies

Most Blue Skies I + II is a computer generated installation that attempts to find “the bluest skies” in the world. The project measures the passage of light through particulate matter in the atmosphere, and calculates the exact colours of the sky at billions of places on earth.

Using a complex system of satellite data acquisition and atmospheric simulations, the project continuously calculates the place on earth that has the bluest sky and visualises the best possible approximation to that colour, as well as the name of the place where you should stand to see that sky.

Most Blue Skies I + II combine atmospheric research, environmental monitoring and sensing technologies with the romantic history of the blue sky and it’s fragile optimism, and addresses our changing relationship to the sky space as the subject for scientific and symbolic representation.

Artists: Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway

Programming: Joshua Portway and Tom Riley

SMARTS atmospheric radiative transfer model: Chris Gueymard

Supported by: The Alexandra Instittute, The Danish State Workshops, CAVI- Aarhus University, DFDS Seaways, Projection Design, DAF - Denmark, Alexandra Institute, Denmark, Space and Atmospheric Physics at Imperial College, the UK Met Office, The UCL Colour and Vision research laboratory, NASA, The Physical National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US. The Danish Film School and Zentropa.

Funded by: Arts Council UK, Arts Council of Denmark, The Danish Art Foundation, The Gulbenkian Foundation, NESTA and Tekne Productions

blue sky map