Audio Documentaries and Features

Hurricane Bells

BBC Radio 4
Transmission Date Tuesday 13th November 2018, 11.30am
Repeated Saturday 17th November 2018, 3.30pm
Presented by Peter Shenai
Produced by Matthew Teller and Adam Fowler

People need stories – but climate change is remote from us. How can we make climate change human? Where’s the story in atmospheric disruption? Step up British artist Peter Shenai, who is embarking on a new collaboration with atmospheric physicists studying ocean weather. Shenai wants to model the shapes of hurricanes, and then reproduce those cones as a series of bells, each one telling the tale of the lives it uprooted. We follow Peter as the first hurricane bells are cast in bronze & then struck – including a special one: Katrina. And in New Orleans we hear the reaction of residents to the surprising music which results.

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3d mapping of Hurricane Katrina

3d mapping of Hurricane Katrina, prior to making landfall at New orleans, coutesy Peter Shenai and Dr Carlo Corsaro