Tectonic Artifacts


Tectonic Artifacts visualizes world earthquake data from 1979 to the present in a physical object. The latitude, longitude, magnitude and depth of each earthquake was visualized in processing, then modeled using Rhino and Python to create textures and cavities where the most impactful earthquakes occurred.

The cavities created dividing lines that reveal the tectonic plates from which earthquakes arise. The resulting piece was 3D printed using a ZCorp powder printer.

The flatware are some of the larger clusters of earthquakes which created the negative spaces between the plates.

Created with Chris Egervary

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