|MOTION BEACH , installed in "Sandy Island"
gallery at the Long Island Children's Museum, is a hands-on laboratory
in which kids and grownups can experiment with the dynamic relationships
of waves and sandy shorelines. At one end of a 12' x 12' tank,
kids fortify the shoreline with a variety of devices: jetties,
groins, bulldozers, scrapers, seawalls, bulkheads, breakfronts,
sand walls, trenches, etc. Small houses placed or implanted (with
stilts) provide another challenge and a sense of scale. At the
other end of the tank, "waveMakers" augment a slow
steady motor produced wave train. Their goal: to alter the beach.
A frame-grabbing computer continuously records time-lapse movies
of the events taking place in the tank, playing back the last
hour. The action is controlled by the user and makes visible
some of the dynamic transformations within the tank.