Quality Control Center Flying Fish

 

A 45-foot-long sculpture sits on the seaside corner of the building’s roof.  Designed and crafted by Boston-area artist David Tonnesen, it is an abstract rendition of a New England cod.

Our Flying Fish is not only an artistic contribution to the skyline, but also a scientific instrument useful for boaters.  The scales are freewheeling rotors that move in response to prevailing currents of wind direction.  The eye of the giant fish changes color in response to wind speeds, according to the Marine Beaufort Scale.

Beaufort Scale

Eye Color/Pulse Beaufort Force Knots mph Sea Conditions
Slow On/Off Pulse Force 0 0 - 1 Calm
0 - 1.7
Glassy-smooth, mirror-like
Violet with 1 Blue Pulse Force 1 2 - 3 Light Air
1.8 - 4
Scale-like ripples
Indigo with 2 Blue Pulses Force 2 4 - 6 Light Breeze
4.1 - 7.4
Small, short wavelets with glassy crests
Blue with 3 Green Pulse Force 3 7 - 10 Gentle Breeze
7.5 - 12
Large wavelets, crests begin to break
Green with 4 Yellow Pulses Force 4 11 - 16 Moderate Breeze
12.1 - 18.9
Small waves, some whitecaps
Yellow with 5 Orange Pulses Force 5 17 - 21 Fresh Breeze
19 - 24.7
Moderate longer waves, better formed with many whitecaps, much foam, some spray
Orange with 6 Red Pulses Force 6 22 - 27 Strong Breeze
24.8 - 31.6
Large waves form, many whitecaps, foam everywhere, more spray
Red with 7 White Pulses Force 7 28 - 33 Moderate Gale
31.7 - 38.5
Sea heaps up, streaks of foam, spindrift begins

 

Copyright © 2005 David Tonnesen