Retiring Bob
Wood, data, paper. 5’x5’, 2013

When hurricanes created too much damage and loss of life, their names are retired. Hurricane Bob in 1991 was one of the costliest hurricanes with extensive damage and its name was retired shortly after. But Bob was not a storm that died easily – it remained a trackable system until it had traveled along the Eastern Seaboard, crossed Canadian Maritime, the Atlantic Ocean until it finally hit shore in Portugal. This piece translates weather data from ocean buoys and three weather stations along the Eastern Seaboard as Bob slowly went out the Atlantic. The graveyard on the lower left includes all the names of retired hurricanes.