Gareth Kennedy



dates: 1st - 7th October . 9am - 6pm


location: St Patrick's Boat Yard, Glenridding.


directions: From Penrith, follow signs to Ullswater. Take A592 to Glenridding. St Patrick's Boat yard is just beyond the Ullswater Steamer's car park. From Ambleside, take A592 Kirkstone Pass (no buses or HGVs) to Glenridding. St Patrick's Boat Yard is the first boat yard on the right on Ullswater.


The Weather Cube is a transparent floating steam sauna from which ideas concerning changing weather patterns, and how 'climate change means landscape change' will be mediated. The public are invited to partake in a steam sauna, and hence the microclimate of their body comes to the fore as they sit in the hot space of the structure, sweating. They are at once cut off from the external environment yet it remains visible and all around them. A specially composed audio work will guide the visitor through this experience, culminating in them reentering the macro-climate (outside).

This work was originally commissioned as a temporary public art work by The Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim and Leitrim Arts Office, Ireland as part of their Landscapes 07 program. It was sited on the River Shannon during July 2007 and made available for public use during this time. The artist Gareth Kennedy is now delighted to bring this work to Cumbria as part of FRED 07.



thanks to Ullswater Steamers & St Patrick's Boat Yard

To see the Weather Cube in use during Landscapes 07, please visit:

For a radio interview outlining the works development in ireland please see: