'Mirror Speak' is an artwork created for the California Botanic Garden.
A mirrored sheet of stainless steel is mounted to submersible speakers that softly hum beneath a shallow reflecting pool. The speakers play a 13 hertz tone, which is the resonate frequency of the basin. This infrasonic frequency reverberates throughout the metal and causes cymatic wave patterns to form on the surface of the water. The cymatics start off as small wavelets but slowly build upon each other in a positive feedback loop to create larger currents that emanate across the basin. The result is a reflecting pool that appears to have a tidal current of its own, a swath of water reminiscent of the deep ocean waves.
Camera-less exposures of wave patterns on light sensitive photo paper. These images are my first exploration at documenting my sculptural cymatic work with analogue photographic processes.
Cymatic Fountain is a permanent outdoor water feature installed in Monrovia, CA in July 2021.
A parabolic mirror mounted on a polished aluminum pedestal reflects the open sky, shaping the small pool of water contained within into a liquid lens. As ambient light is caught in a cascading series of reflections between the curved mirror and the underside of the water, a speaker housed within the sculpture vibrates the bowl with subsonic frequencies to disrupt the water's smooth surface with cymatic patterns, scattering light into a scintillating display. Choreographed performances of vibrations slowly build and dissipate, entraining the viewer into a relaxed and meditative state of mind.
The fully reflective surface causes the sculptures to blend into any given environment, creating the illusion that a dew drop of water floats in mid air.
'Speaking Water' in the desert gardens of Sunnyland Center & Gardens
Cymatic Sun is a projected artwork that translates sound into a visual experience through water reflections. A large parabolic mirror, acting as both vessel and optic, is filled with water and vibrated with a transducer that plays subsonic frequencies. These sound waves propagate through the water to form cymatic patterns that when illuminated, refract light to create real-time projections.