Rift Zone

by Ned Kahn

Rift Zone is large round basin filled with what appears to be a powdery, flour-like substance. A hand sized button mounted on the plexiglass surface enclosing the basin controls a steady current of air blowing below the powdery substance.

When you hold down the button, a pocket of air forms between the bottom of the basin and the powder. When you let go of the button, the powder settles into new shapes that show the expanison and settling of this micro-landscape.


Dimensions: 54" x 30" x 54" Weight: 400 lbs.

Artists Comments:

The confluence of science and art has fascinated me throughout my career. For the last fifteen years, I have developed a body of work inspired by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion. I strive to create artworks that enable viewers to observe and interact with natural processes. I am less interested in creating an alternative reality than I am in capturing, through my art, the mysteriousness of the world around us.

My artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand, 
and light to create complex and continually changing systems. 
Many of these works can be seen as "observatories" in that they 
frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. I am 
intrigued with the way patterns can emerge when things flow. 
These patterns are not static objects, they are patterns of 
behavior-recurring themes in the repertoire of nature.