Tōhoku Japanese Earthquake

This sculpture was made to contemplate the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

To create the sculpture a seismogram of the earthquake, was rotated using computer aided design and then printed in 3 dimensions using rapid prototyping technology.

The artwork measures 30cm x 20cm and represents 9 minutes of the earthquake. Exploring how data is read and can be represented and interpreted, the artwork is one of a series of data visualization sculptures Jerram has recently created. The sculpture was first presented at the Jerwood Space in London for a show called Terra.


This artwork has been presented at:
Jerwood Visual Arts, London.
Grizedale Sculpture, UK.
Heller Gallery, NYC.
Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Étienne, France.
National Centre for Crafts and Design, UK.
Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.
Digital Art Festival Taipei, Taiwan.
K11 Art Space, Hong Kong.
Art16 Art Fair, London.

An edition of the artwork is in the permanent collection of Knoxville Museum of Art, USA.

Also in Glass

The artwork has also been made in glass for show at the Heller Gallery NYC, June 2012.

With Thanks To

Thanks to Richard de Lancey of Nu Desine for his wonderful CAD work. Thanks to CALM, University of Exeter for their 3D printing facilities.

Media Coverage

Wired Magazine read
Republicca, Italyread
Huffington Post read
Gizmodo read
New Scientist read
Art.China.cn read 

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