Weather Box, 2014
cardboard, music box mechanism, 12 compositions on signed punch cards
2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 1 3/4 in.
A hand-cranked music box, housed in scavenged cardboard, is accompanied by a repertoire of punch card "scores" derived from actual weather data. Bouchard obtains detailed reports from the National Climatic Data Center then graphs changes in temperature, wind and precipitation onto a timeline, which she uses to guide the composition of each score. Each score represents one month of weather observations recorded at the Belvedere Castle weather station in Central Park, NYC. Signed and numbered on each punch card. With signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.
Sara Bouchard is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of sound, story and environment. Born in California, Bouchard received her B.A. from Yale University in 2003 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited and performed across NYC, including at the American Folk Art Museum, chashama 217/461, Dumbo Arts Center, Proteus Gowanus and Open Source, as well as in the Berlin Underground. She also performs with the Americana string band Union Street Preservation Society.