Winds, Routes and Turbines

Pencil on paper
89 x 116 cm

«Our planet is invested with two great oceans; one visible, the other invisible; one underfoot, the other overhead; one entirely envelopes it, the other covers about two thirds of its surface.«

Matthew F. Maury
, From The Physical Geography of the Seas and Its Meteorology, 1855

Matthew Fontaine Maury, nicknamed «Pathfinder of the Seas,» made important contributions to charting wind and ocean currents. His studies proved that by following the winds and currents ships could cross the ocean in fewer days than ever before. Trade winds play a pivotal role in understanding the European expansion and its impact in current geopolitical configurations.

This drawing is a result of a re-interpretation of F. Maury’s 1857 «Winds and Routes» Chart, including contemporary shipping routes and fictional wind farms.

  • Exhibited in 2014 as part of Caliche Winds (solo show), El Museo de Los Sures, New York, USA
  • Exhibited in 2017 as part of Energ(ética): arte y energía sostenible (group show), Monumento a Los Héroes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Michele Galletti on Caliche Winds (press release)2014 – view PDF (English)
  • Joanna Page on Winds, Routes and Turbines, 2021 – Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art – UCL Press, English, open access PDF, 289pp, ISBN: 9781787359765
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