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Budding Sculptor at 56, chiefly interested in mold-making and casting, with particular interest in geometric abstraction, industrial technology, vis a vis solar power and re-chargable batteries that could power kinetic sculpture and illuminate LCD screens.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Concentric Waves Over The Surface Of A Cube

As part of a fascination with concentric wave patterns (such that one might see in tossing a pebble into a lake) I've thought of synthesizing that over the surfaces of a cube. This is the first application. I'm already starting to modulate amplitudes or frequencies until I get something that I am visually pleased with. Rather than get elaborate this time in creating the curved surfaces with the "follow" tool I simply connected the crests and the troughs on a linear-decreasing function.

concentric wave faces

If pressed to answer about an influence in this I might answer, fingerprint whorls, curb-stones at Newgrange, Buddhist rake patterns in Japanese gardens, simple meditation over waves themselves.

2 comments:

Steph G said...

i like the concept for this. it immediately makes me think of Tony Smith's "Die" except for the material and treatment you're planning. the wave pattern is nice because it brings a suggestion of movement to an otherwise static form. same thing with the active surface treatment.

Andrew Kottenstette said...

Thanks, Steph. I heard two references to this same piece so far. The only piece I've seen of his was in a book, a giant "X".

It does become tricky in trying to do something that could be analogous to "re-inventing the wheel". In this case I'm re-inventing the box, the ice cube, the tomb, etc.

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