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08.15.14 Marina Galperina

A severe storm descended on Wellington, New Zealand this week. With one swift strike of lightning, Phil Price’s public artwork Zephyromete (2004) was incinerated. Before the storm, the pointy steel, carbon fiber, epoxy and concrete sculpture stood 108 feet tall, going “sup bro” at the sky. Now it is all split and burnt and broken. The piece was commissioned by […]

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06.23.14 Sophie Weiner

A small German company Blitzortung has created a real time map of lightning strikes over much of the world, all for free. Their spread out detectors help them determine the location of a lightning strike in seconds. The Vane explains: Let’s say there’s a thunderstorm over Dallas and a brilliant bolt of lightning strikes the center of […]

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07.19.12 Bucky Turco

Just as New Yorkers had begun to reconcile with the possibility that the city would never ever cool down and is inevitably on a trajectory to reach Venus-like temperatures, a freak storm made its way into town and for at least a few hours, caused a dip in the mercury (and a surge in tweets). […]

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04.24.12 Marina Galperina

Artist Cassandra C. Jones’ technique involves poaching the large bevy of anonymous lightning photos from the Internet — as well as a few electrical discharge snaps of her own — and arranging them just so the shape of the lightning “draws” a silhouette. A rabbit. A dog. A dog dog dog. A throbbing, splitting circle is spindling bolts. […]

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12.09.10 Marina Galperina

Photographer and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto made these elegant photograms by electrocuting giant sheets of unexposed film with a 400,000-volt Van de Graaf generator “wand” in a darkroom. The “Lighting Field” series of organic, meotrite-inspired images are on view at the Pace Gallery now. Now see what this maniacal mofo looks like. […]

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10.13.10 Marina Galperina

Apparently, Lady Liberty gets struck by lightning 600 times a year. Here’s her getting banged by a bolt as captured from Battery Park City. (Photo: Jay Fine/Daily Mail) […]

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07.27.09 Will Sherman

Here’s what lighting striking NYC’s harbor looks like from from Jersey City during last night’s storm. Photo by Steve Kelley […]

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