Owen Gildersleeve
Atmospheric Rivers

Science & Technology

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Artwork commissioned by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Working with an array of scientists from the Earth Science team, this piece portrays the water vapour levels in the west coast’s Atmospheric River – Concentrated streams of water vapour in the atmosphere that have been likened to rivers in the sky, which account for up to 50% of the west coast’s annual precipitation each year.

How was the illustration used:
The final artwork was framed using a deep box frame with UV filtered perspex to help protect the paper over time, and shipped out to NASA JPL in Pasadena to be displayed in their Earth Science wing.

How did you make this work:
Featuring 15 layers of hand-cut coloured paper, that have each been carefully pieced together using pieces of foamboard to add depth and shadow, the artwork depicts the increased water vapour levels towards the centre of the Atmospheric Rivers, as well as the West Coast’s topography, with small symbols relating to the increased areas of snow fall and flooding caused by this phenomenon.

Commissioner Name :
David Levine
Commissioner Company :
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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University of Brighton
Graphic Design
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Owen Gildersleeve is an artist specialising in handcrafted illustration, set design & art direction. His unique style honed over the past 14 years brings graphic designs to life through layers of hand-cut paper and a playful use of depth & shadow. His practice ranges from intricate illustrations, to large-scale sets and installations, teaming up with the likes of Apple, LUSH, Penguin Books & NASA.