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Observation #1 Earthquakes, Art & Sustainability

Growing up in California I experienced a lot of earthquakes (they’re not as scary as most people think) but the severity and aftermath of some can leave families and communities in shambles. An earthquake is what happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another. The surface where they slip is called the fault or fault plane. The location below the earth’s surface where the earthquake starts is called the hypocenter, and the location directly above it on the surface of the earth is called the epicenter.

The painting itself is a visual representation of the energy release and magnitude levels of an earthquake. One way to measure the size of an earthquake is to compute how much energy it released. The amount of energy radiated by an earthquake is a measure of the potential for damage to man-made structures.

An earthquake releases energy at many frequencies, hence why the aftermath of an earthquake can me more damaging than others.

Title: Shifting Plates

Material: Acrylic paint on recycled t-shirts

Dimensions: 84 in. x 48 in.

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