Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Earthquake Rose

When a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook Olympia in 2001, Jason Ward (A shop Owner) discovered that a sand-tracing pendulum had recorded the vibrations in the picture. Seismologists speak that the “flower” at the center reflects the higher-frequency waves that arrived first, the outer, larger-amplitude oscillations record the lower-frequency waves that arrived later. You never think about an earthquake as being artistic, it’s violent and destructive. But in the middle of all that chaos, this fine, delicate artwork was created. The following two images are close-ups of the design made by the quake. The second is contrast enhanced to help you see more detail. Is it possible that there is beauty in the midst chaos and destruction? You be the judge.

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