In creating Splash!, artist Xavier Cortada worked with composer/engineer Colby Leider to visualize the resonant frequencies of the pool at Betty T. Ferguson Aquatic Center. The shapes of waveforms depict a literal splash within the pool. This splash was visualized by solving the wave equation in two dimensions in a computer at the University of Miami’s Music Engineering Laboratory.
Splash! is a work of art that, made of hand-painted melamine foam, also serves to enhance the sonic qualities of the space by absorbing excessive reverberation. In a unique partnership with the City of Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places solely administered the artist selection process.
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