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Math and the Night Sea

For Immediate Release:
October 06, 2006

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Math and the Night Sea

Math and the Night Sea
Monumental Undulating Wave Sculptures by Reuben Margolin
October 6, 2006 – February 25, 2007

Bay-Area artist Reuben Margolin’s monumental undulating wave sculptures will be on view in the Exploratorium’s Seeing Gallery in a new Square Wave, by Artist Reuben Margolininstallation called Math and the Night Sea, on view from October 6, 2006 – February 25, 2007. The exhibition features two large-scale mechanical mobiles that combine the logic of mathematics with the sensuousness of nature – visually striking installations that undulate in different water-like patterns. They are made of wood, copper, and aluminum and are driven by complex overhead structures containing electric motors, cams, levers, and hundreds of pulleys. None of the installations contain digital technology, but instead their fluid motion comes from layering the effects of thousands of mechanical components. The exhibition is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

The two sculptures on view include The Copper Square Wave, a highly mechanized and imagined landscape that echoes a natural system, but utilizes four motors, five miles of cable, one hundred pulleys, and eighty one points of suspension, all controlled by viewers to undulate in either one or two wave planes. The other work on view, The Round Wave, is a mesmerizing series of concentric circles reminiscent of the way water drops resonate in water. This work features three motors, and twenty-five points of suspension. The dynamic, but quiet, overhead structures give way to the apparent simplicity of the wave below.

These large works are made possible by Margolin’s astonishing mechanical engineering ability, as he manipulates materials to create sinuously moving planes.

About the Artist
Emeryville based artist Reuben Margolin has had recent artist residencies at The Tartaja Cave, Venta Micena, Spain; Kanoria Centre for the Arts, Ahmadabad, India, and Orchardton House, Castle Douglas, Scotland among other locations. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

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About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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