The Art of Sea Level

This week I spotted a couple of interesting art projects relating to wave and tidal data on the internet.

The first one is a tutorial on how to make your own waveform necklace. It was developed by David Bizer, a designer living in Berlin, who makes his own 3D-printed jewellery. David suggests recording your voice and using the audio waveform created, but the concept could be applied quite easily to use tidal data instead.

Waveform Necklace. Image is by David Bizer (BY-NC-SA)

Waveform Necklace. Image is by David Bizer (BY-NC-SA)

The second project is the “Time and Tide Bell” by Marcus Vergette. From his website,

“This project is to make a permanent installation of the Time and Tide Bell at the high tide mark at a number of diverse sites around the country, from urban centres to open stretches of coastline. The rise of the water at high tide moves the clapper to strike the bell. Played by the movement of the waves, the bell creates a varying, gentle, musical pattern. As the effect of global warming increases, the periods of bell strikes will become more and more frequent, and as the bell becomes submerged in the rising water the pitch will vary.”

Trinity buoy wharf bell by kenjonbro (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Trinity buoy wharf bell by kenjonbro (CC BY-NC 2.0)

At the moment, there are four bells around the coast of the UK. Vergette intends to install 12 in total. The photo is of the Trinity Buoy Wharf bell at Greenwich, London, near the Prime Meridian. According to the website:

“One of this bell’s potential meanings is as a time-piece or time-marker, both in the way the bell is rung by the movement of the sea at high tide daily, and as a long time marker of sea levels and present shoreline. This site is where lighthouse keepers were trained and navigation buoys were made.”

Here’s a video clip of the bell in action from YouTube.

If you know of any other artistic uses of the tide, please get in touch.

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