Courtesy: Xavier Cortada
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Splash!

Miami Gardens, Florida

Xavier Cortada (http://www.cortada.com)

Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center Aquatic Facility, 3000 N. W. 199th Street, Miami Gardens, Florida, 33055
Also known as:  Splash
Owner:  City of Miami Gardens
Public Administrator:  City of Miami Gardens Art in Public Places Program, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places
Date:  2012, 2012
Placement:  recreation centers
Collection:  City of Miami Gardens Art in Public Places Program
Artwork Type:  installations (visual works)
Material:  acrylic paint, aluminum (metal), steel (alloy), wire
Description:  On a recent visit to the pool, I saw a group of children lined up at the entrance, all eager with anticipation. Nothing else mattered to them at that moment but sharing each other’s company in the water. On the slide. In the fun and splash. Although I wanted to create a piece about tuning out all the other noise, and coming to this happy zone on a summer day or after school when Mom and Dad allowed them to go to the pool. "Splash!" is ultimately about fun, it also challenges viewers to think about physics. Through its placement in the space, the art helps viewers "visualize” sound as they are splashing in the water.Description:Cortada installed a sculpture of 972 "pool noodles” shaped into a big on the ceiling of an indoor municipal swimming pool (the work is also as acoustic treatment for the space).In creating Splash!, artist Xavier Cortada worked with composer/engineer Colby Leider to visualize the resonant frequencies of the pool at Betty T. Ferguson Aquatic Center. The shapes of waveforms depict a literal splash within the pool. This splash was visualized by solving the wave equation in two dimensions in a computer at the University of Miami's Music Engineering Laboratory.Splash! is a work of art that, made of hand-painted melamine foam, also serves to enhance the sonic qualities of the space by absorbing excessive reverberation. See CBS 4 news story: "Art Creates A Splash At Miami Gardens Rec Complex", see http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/05/03/art-creates-a-splash-at-miami-gardens-rec-complex/)See http://www.xaviercortada.com/?page=splash
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