Wave Wall

Wave Wall


with Shawn Lani, Peter Richards, Susan Schwartzenberg & LIGO Scientific Staff

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), Livingston, LA

27’ H and 101’ L - Aluminum pendulums, magnets, steel support structure

A wall of 122 wind-activated pendulums are each magnetically coupled with its neighbors so that the whole wall moves as a slowly undulating surface similar to a large piece of fabric rippling in the wind. In winds greater than 15 knots, the wall’s coherent wave-like movement becomes more chaotic as the pendulums break their mutual magnetic coupling. The pendulums can also be manually activated.

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  • Jul 5, 2015