Sketch of a field of grass (dunes), Pacific Coast, 2005Ryan Wolfe
Electronics, software, computation, acrylic, sand, polymers
Sketch embodies the essential dynamic beauty of an offshore breeze blowing through a field of grass. In Sketch, I have reinterpreted that complex kinetic phenomenon in a minimal form.
Sketch consists of a number of identical robotic blades of grass laid out in a long arcing line. The material and kinetic facets of a unique landscape are expressed in the simplified form and movement of these blades. Each blade is unique, responding to its environment independently; each blade interacts with neighboring blades using a common set of simple behavioral rules. The aggregate sculptural form of Sketch is created when a group of these robotic blades communicate in concert, their movements coalescing into a lyrical reinterpretation of a complex and beautiful natural phenomenon.
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