ELEMENTS OF TIME

Friday on October 26, my cute project partner Caroline Sneed and I visit the UT garden for our project installation and select the site for our study. Our element of garden is WIND and we think of the leaves as our construction materials. We collected leaves from UT garden and Parking area in front of Thompson Bowling Arena. We use the toothpicks to tie the leaves together and strings to tie around the arch on the rose garden. We use this arch because it has four sides where we can easily view the directions of the wind blowing and also the wind breaks on the North side To clarify the concept of wind according to the seasonal changes we use different colors of leaves (green, yellow, red and brown).

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Installation of project 4 on the UT garden shows that wind on our site was blowing to southeast as the leaves strings were blowing in that direction.  The wind speed has a pronounced effect on the elevation change. We chose two sites of different elevations; one is at 830 feet at Rose garden near the wind breaks and other is at 828 feet at ground level. We use leaves tied in strings as Natural Wind Speedometer and our next installation will be anemometer made with cardboard so that we can make relationship between two of these. Usually natural speedometer gives the idea of wind in miles per hour and anemometer helps to measure the wind speed. The table below shows the general concept on speed of wind.

Table 1

Speed Natural Speedometer
   
  1. 1-3
    mph
Smoke drifts lazily, branches are still, flags hang limp
    
  1. 4-7
    mph
Tree leaves rustle, flags move slowly
   
  1. 8-12
    mph
Flags fly, bushes shake, leaves move
   
  1. 13-18
    mph
Small branches shake, grass moves
   
  1. 19-24
    mph
Large branches sway, flags flap noisily
   
  1. 25-31
    mph
Trees shake, dust and sand flies

Source: http://gombergkites.com/nkm/wind2.html

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