Chladni Figures

These patterns were formed by playing notes of varying frequencies through a steel plate with sand on it. First discovered by Robert Hooke in 1680 and later investigated by German physicist Ernst Chladni in the 18th century who used a violin bow to create the notes. Chladni found that the higher the frequency the more complex the pattern, leading to a variety of geometric shapes. It is interesting to note that the sand collects in the ‘dead’ areas of the plate that do not vibrate.
A selection of these patterns are presented here in an edition of 125 screen printed posters on heavyweight Heritage off-white paper. 80cm x 80cm with an 8cm border.

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