Norman O. Houston Park, South, 8th Council District

Chris Kallmyer

“New Weather Station”, 2016

Working with sound, site, and communities, Chris Kallmyer examines the complex history of weather modification in Southern California in terms of weather, water infrastructure, and the changing arid city. For CURRENT, the artist has created New Weather Station, a 20-foot open-air geodesic dome to host a series of concerts and events featuring LA-based artists, designers, historians, urbanists, chefs, and thinkers and explore the intersection of water and weather modification.

See the Art:
Daily starting Sun, Jul 31, 5:30 am–10:30 pm
Artist events on Jul 31, Aug 11, 13 + 14
(see Related Events for details)

Consider the weather and water through a series of concerts and events with artists, musicians, scientists, and others who examine the phenomenon of weather modification in Los Angeles, all taking place in this geodesic dome. The space evokes a connection to California utopianism, and the topic examined is not wholly scientific, but often spiritual or cosmic.

Weather modification might seem sinister, yet the idea is common throughout the world on scales both vast and minute. Modern-day “cloud seeding” emerged in the western United States in 1946, when silver iodide was injected into rain clouds to increase precipitation. The first private weather-modification companies were born in the postwar era as public water utilities sought to fill reservoirs and increase snowpack. Despite the vast environmental changes that can be traced to weather modification, the companies that provided cloud seeding struggled to succeed or even prove that it worked.

—Irene Tsatsos
Member, Curatorial Committee

CHRIS KALLMYER (b. 1985, Washington, D.C.; lives and works in LA) works with sound, places, and people. His work explores a participatory approach to making music through touch, taste, and process using everyday objects that point to who we are and where we live. Kallmyer has created projects featuring amplified sheep, spontaneous fanfares, music for cheese, sonic lawn care, installations in igloos, country music renditions of Devo’s hits, a guide to acoustical gardening, and a formula for new songs by Hall and Oates. He frequently collaborates with Machine Project, LA, and the LA-based modern-music collective wild Up. Kallmyer has presented projects nationally and internationally at the Biennial of the Americas, Denver; Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; J. Paul Getty Museum, LA; Hammer Museum, LA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; among others. Visit the artist’s website.

Norman O. Houston Park

4800 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Neighborhood: Baldwin Hills

Site Access

4800 South La Brea Avenue, Baldwin Hills 90008
There is overflow parking on the south east corner of La Brea & Stocker.
Please note that the lot closes and is locked at sundown.
Notes for Drivers:

  • If you are driving northbound on La Brea Ave, turn right into the first driveway after passing Stocker St.
  • If driving southbound on La Brea Ave, make a U-turn at Stocker St then turn right into the first driveway on your right.
  • Walk east from the parking lot toward NewWeather Station.

Norman O. Houston Park has easy bike access.
Notes for Bicyclists:

  • There are mountain biking trails at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area located northwest of Norman O. Houston Park, across La Brea Ave; use the crosswalk at La Brea Ave and Don Marino Dr to enter the Park from the north, then use the Park’s outer loop to head southeast toward New Weather Station.