Damped Wave

A damped surface wave illustrated using a sculptural technique inspired by 2D Riemann sums, where the individual rods serve as approximations to the height of the surface wave above each point in the xy-plane. As the wave progresses from one corner to the other, it begins to lose amplitude and over time levels out to equilibrium. Square acrylic rods were cut to precise lengths using a model railroad chopper, then dyed using illustration marker refill ink and hammered with a rubber mallet into place in a 3D printed base modeled using OpenSCAD. This rod base was then inserted into another 3D printed base that serves as a housing for the LED backlight and wiring.