If you touch me, you’ll understand what happiness is

If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is - Griffith Observatory

Carried aloft by a weather balloon, a small cooling chamber rises up into the sky above Mount Hollywood. Upon reaching optimal temperature and humidity, a single snow crystal is growing within the chamber and is ultimately released, falling to earth under the sun over Los Angeles. The flight was documented by two high resolution digital film cameras.

The cooling chamber was developed with the kind support of Dr. Kenneth G. Libbrecht, Professor at the California Institute of Technology, and Dr. Martin Schneebeli from the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos Switzerland, two of the few scientists worldwide, who have dedicated their research to experimental Snow Physics.

The launch site for the weather balloon and cooling chamber is located between two Los Angeles landmarks. The Griffith Observatory, built on the south side of Mount Hollywood, stands in accordance to the wishes of its founder, Griffith J. Griffith, as a space allowing the general public free access to observe the night sky. Just to the north of the observatory stands the well-known Hollywood sign.

If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is - Hollywood Sign

If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is - launch of the balloon and the cooling chamber

 

 

If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is - Goethe-Institut exhibition view inside

If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is - triptych of copper printmaking plates depicting the final assembly of the cooling chamber

letter size copper printmaking plates depicting the final assembly of the cooling chamber

If you touch me, you'll understand what happiness is - reflecting copper printmaking plate

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