Tectonic Basin

by Ned Kahn

Red garnet sand on a vibrating membrane behaves in complex ways evocative of plate tectonic motion and the liquification of sediments that occurs during earthquakes. Viewers can reach into exhibit and alter the patterns of miniature subduction zones, fault lines and eruptive geysers with their hands and observe how the patterns reform.


Dimensions: Ø48" x 23" Weight: 180 lbs. plus 50 lbs. per sand bag

Artist's 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.