Yesterday, we went over to Brooklyn-based artist Mark Esper’s workshop and checked out his homeade “Tornado”. Mark built the tornado for an upcoming show of his work in a NYC gallery this fall. The Tornado works by heating up water quickly (on a 2,000 WATT powered hot plate!) surrounded by curved walls that the resulting steam is created from. As the air is drawn into the area above the plate, it begins to swirl, thus causing the tornado to form. Pretty amazing! Unfortunately it was hard to get a nice pic of the Tornado itself, but here’s one of the mechanism.