Constructive Interference

Submitted by Bill Washabaugh

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Client: Oregon State University

Location: Corvallis, OR, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team

Lead Artist

Bill Washabaugh

Hypersonic

Artist

Jeff Lieberman

Plebian Design

Project Manager

Heather Blind

Hypersonic

Designer

Anna Torvaldsdotter

Hypersonic

Designer

Caitlin Morris

Hypersonic

Overview

Constructive Interference is a sculpture designed to engage members of the OSU community in active learning, by presenting a mystery to their senses: a static object that appears, impossibly, to be moving.

The sculpture is a metaphor for how we exchange knowledge, how synthesis of apparently different fields widens our perspective, and how investigation deepens our understanding of the reality in which we live.

Constructive Interference is composed of two large patterned sheets of steel, designed to create a rapidly changing visual interference effect as viewers pass by. The dimensions are 30′ wide and 17′ high.

Goals

The goal of this project was to create a large and dynamic wall-mounted artwork for this new building. As well, we wanted to create an artwork that was a metaphor for the learning process, as this building is called the Learning Innovation Center

Process

We worked with the University, OR Public Art Coordinator, and the building architecture team to refine and integrate the sculpture into the building.