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Jamie Newton invents the Frost Catcher

On December 19, 2006, Jamie Newton, Oregon, posted the entry above on the FLUXLIST blog. Jamie Newton had not only created an interesting looking device and art object, he had invented a whole new category of devices--frost catchers--and a whole new game--trying to catch frost, one of nature's most emphemeral phenomenons. Jamie has continued to explore frost and to create other frost catchers. Jamie has also been joined by Allen Bukoff, Michigan, who was captivated by this new invention and game and began creating his own series of frost catchers. Jamie Newton's and Allen Bukoff's devices are cataloged below and each one links to its own web page.

Jamie Newton's Ongoing Frost Catcher Series
click here to visit Jamie's frost catcher (& frost heaver) website

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Frost Catcher 001 Frost Catcher 002 Frost Catcher Portable 001
Frost Catcher Portable 002

Allen Bukoff's Ongoing Frost Catcher Series
click here to visit Allen's frost catcher website

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fly swatter

rug beater


borg jellyfish

indian rattle

Allen Bukoff: Creating "frost catchers" is a two-sided project for me. On the one hand, I am creating these objects to be art. On the other hand, I am creating these objects as devices to help me explore and learn about frost. The occurrence of frost--an ephemeral, delicate, and touchy natural phenomenon occurring outdoors during spring and fall as air temperatures hover around the freezing point--has not been as widely studied as you might think. Because frost can be very damaging to agricultural products, most scientific efforts have concentrated on predicting the likelihood of frost on plants (in spring and fall) and on practical ways to disrupt it's occurrence. Building frost catchers is part of my ongoing efforts to explore how my right brain and left brain work and play together--specifically, to identify higher-order cognitive tasks in which the right and left brain dance together but the right-brain leads.
broken bottle cube

Jamie Newton's



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