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The artist also built Drawing Table, which harnesses the elements to create art. He placed the remarkable object on the roof of his studio, allowing the wind to activate an arm on the table and arbitrarily create drawings with colored pencils on precut Mylar. Rendered over a two-month period, the drawings are labeled with exact longitudes and latitudes; notations correspond to the days they were made.
Mowbry's engaging exhibit references the Tempest Prognosticator, a 19th-century invention by George Merryweather, also called the Leech Barometer, which used a bottle of leeches that would become agitated during an approaching storm.
In the wake of Hurricane Ike's devastation throughout the Caribbean and Texas, the exhibit packed a timely wallop.
"It's been crazy," Nina Johnson, Diet's owner, said. "We had plenty of new faces we haven't seen in the gallery before. At one point, we had to put up little signs warning people not to touch the art. We also had to close the doors because of the overflow."