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Joy Taylor
Digital print on vinyl
Installed 2016
Concourse B

Coriolis reveals a single moment in the birth of a cloud. It takes its title from the Coriolis Effect, which mathematically describes the spiral shapes of air molecules that result as the rotating earth spins, turning the atmosphere with it. As the molecules are constantly spun to the right, spirals form in the air, with small spirals growing and multiplying to fill our view. This same force is also responsible for other spiral forms found in nature, including growth patterns in plants and seashells. As travelers prepare to ascend into the ever-changing clouds, Joy Taylor offers them the chance to visualize the invisible forces at work in the sky.