If Mother Nature is the ultimate artist, then the Quakescape 3D Fabricator is her ultimate medium. The incredible art-making machine converts seismic waves into colored splotches, which are squirted onto a unique canvas – a topographical sub-section of Christchurch, New Zealand. Inspired by last year’s devastating quake in the region, the Quakescape is synched in with earthquake monitors, and it creates a painting each time seismic activity is detected.
Designed by Josh Newsome-White, Brooke Bowers, George Redmond, Richie Stewart, Hannah Warren, Philippa Shipley and James Boock, the Quakescape associates each color with a different degree of seismic activity. Grays and blues are excreted from paint tubes when minor waves are detected, while oranges and reds indicate higher magnitudes on the Richter Scale.
The device also synchs the appropriate color with the topographical region on the 3 dimensional canvas, over time creating a spin-art style recreation of the region’s earth trembles in vivid color.
The team, all students at Victoria University in Wellington, were inspired to create the Quakescape as a means of making something beautiful out of the natural disaster of the Christchurch quake. The painting robot creates works of art that double as records of seismic activity by trainslating the earth’s energy into the spectrum of the rainbow.
The Quakescape 3D Fabricator is not designed to benefit from the disaster of an earthquake, but instead to act as a bit of quake-created art therapy.
Via Fast Co Design