The United Kingdom’s national weather service is called The Met Office. In September 2003, The Met Office moved into a purpose-built £80 million structure in Exeter, Devon (the building was officially opened in June 2004).
The artist, Lulu Quinn, created a design that depicted the coded language of the weather forecasting `super computer` and also incorporated the names of all 1100 Met Office employees. Daedalian were contracted to create a glass panel using this design to be placed into the breakout area.
The breakout area is dominated by a funnel shaped wall, and it was upon this that the artwork was installed, requiring the glass to be shaped into a tapered curve – a very technically challenging brief.
The panel was created by laminating glass with a hand silvered back face and blue interlayer. Lulu Quinn's design was then sandblasted onto the front face and the finished panels were fitted into a steel and timber framework, clad in leather.