The wind was here from the beginning… the very beginning.

As our Earth formed more than 3 billion years ago, the wind started as soon as the rocks coalesced and remaining gases became our atmosphere. Roiling winds made of various gasses shaped mountains, gorges, and deserts, and then calm settled into the gentle breezes we enjoy today. They were zephyrs of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide; the secret recipe for life. As artist Susumu Shingu explains, the wind was creating a breathing Earth. With that beautiful sentiment, look what he has done to honor that moving realization:

While we loved that trailer, Breathing Earth is a full-length film by Thomas Riedelsheimer. Here’s the information we found with the trailer video:

“75-year-old Japanese artist Susumu Shingu talks with nature through his sculptures. His lifelong dialogue with the wind and with water has given the world uniquely beautiful works of fluid, unpredictable and ever-changing movement. Susumu renders visible the veiled and the unseen and opens to us new perspectives. Thomas Riedelsheimer accompanies this quiet and unassuming man in pursuit of a dream, a quest to create an awareness of our planet, our breathing earth and our human values. Breathing Earth is a film about the wind, the philosophy of a wise person, about art and love and dreams.” 2

We thought the trailer was so beautiful and the work was so fascinating that some of you might want to see the entire movie. We looked all over the web, but could not find it for you except for here for purchase on Amazon.

Image: Wind Sculptures

Source: moniquetdany

But if you loved this piece, it might be a great gift to yourself or someone you love. There’s no doubt, this does inspire a special kind of wonder.

 And that leads me back to the wonder of the wind itself. What exactly is the wind?

I have to say I had never paused to consider this. So to close today, I’ll include a little bit of simple earth science, and you’ll be the smartest person in the room the next windy day!

“To understand what makes the wind blow, we have to consider that the air has weight. At the earth’s surface “atmospheric pressure” is a measure of the ‘weight’ of air pressing down on us on the surface. The greater the mass of air above us, the higher the pressure we feel, and vice-versa. The importance of this is that air at the surface will want to move from high to low pressure to equalise the difference, which is what we know as wind.

It’s down to the rising and sinking of air in the atmosphere. Where air is rising we see lower pressure at the earth’s surface, and where it’s sinking we see higher pressure. In fact if it weren’t for this rising and sinking motion in the atmosphere then not only would we have no wind, but we’d also have no weather.”

– MET office British Weather Service 3

So that’s today’s wonder: The Earth Breathing.

Lovely. Thanks to Artist Susumu for reminding us of the beauty of wind!

Stay open, curious and hopeful.

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Galerie Jaeger Bucher. “BREATHING EARTH SUSUMU SHINGU’S DREAM a Film by Thomas Riedelsheimer.” Vimeo. N.p., 7 Dec. 2012. Web. 26 Aug. 2015. <https://vimeo.com/55090719>.
  2. Galerie Jaeger Bucher. “BREATHING EARTH SUSUMU SHINGU’S DREAM a Film by Thomas Riedelsheimer.” Vimeo. N.p., 7 Dec. 2012. Web. 26 Aug. 2015. <https://vimeo.com/55090719>.
  3. MET Office. “What Causes Wind?” MET Office. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2015. <http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/wind/what-causes-wind>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.