Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thunder and Lightning in Bohemia

Czech designer Josef Gocar created this cubist chandelier for actor Otto Boleska in 1913. It represents the energy of a thunderstorm, with crystal rain falling amid brass lightning. Thunderstorms on Bohemian territory occur almost exclusively in the summer. Researchers have found that the frequency of thunderstorms in the Czech Republic has been decreasing over the last 47 years. This leaves a 48-year gap after the creation of the chandelier, during which it is unclear whether thunderstorms were increasing, decreasing, or stable in frequency. Did cubist experimentation have an effect on weather patterns? This remains to be determined by future research.

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