FORECAST: LOTS OF FLOWER POWER

solarflower‘Heliotropis,’ Anthony Castronovo’s sun-powered sculpture kinetic sculpture, should get a workout today and tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

Arts patrons Beth Deutch and her husband, Larry Rubin, unveiled a new solar-powered sculpture at their Rumson home last weekend. It should be pretty busy today and tomorrow, if the weatherbot is right.

The piece, called Heliotropis, is a ten-foot-tall flower made of bronze, colored glass and custom electronics. Generating its own power through two custom-fabricated photovoltaic leaves, Heliotropis uses five sensors to track environmental conditions such as light, temperature, humidity, wind speed and ground vibrations.

Depending on specific conditions at the time, the piece, created by sculptor Anthony Castronovo, opens and closes at various speeds and goes through choreographed motion sequences. It also illuminates at night. 

Deutch, a physician who heads HerSpace Breast Imaging Associates in West Long Branch, is the founder of The Art of Survival, an arts-based program which raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education.

Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 88. North wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. North wind between 5 and 7 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 84. East wind between 6 and 8 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind between 5 and 7 mph.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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