The task was to develop a conceptual medium for the foyer of the Solar-Institut Jülich (SIJ) which would
introduce visitors in the prestigious reception area to the sometimes highly technical and complex topic
of solar research.

Caelum stages the real measurement data from the SIJ weather station in a format designed around the
senses, which thus appeals to a wide variety of target groups. Caelum (Latin for sky, arch, weather) translates
the current values (temperature, solar irradiation, air humidity, air pressure and wind speed) into an abstract
pattern of moving honeycombs and circles, which is installed as an upwards-facing projection.

Using an iPad, viewers can control the real time visualization, examine different weather conditions in time
lapse or generate fictitious weather for fun.

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Concept & design
Judith Strich | 6th semester, Communication Design course, Design Department at Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Visualization & programming
Timo Schmitz | 6th semester, Communication Design course, Design Department at Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Data preparation & database integration
Dipl. Mat. Elisabeth Bojarski | Research Assistant at the SIJ at Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Music
Niklas Froese | "All my colors"

The project came into being in the Design Department at Aachen University of Applied Sciences in
cooperation with the Solar-Institut Jülich during the seminar on "Sustainability" led by Prof. Eva Vitting.

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