Seesaw Wave Machine | Burning Man Honorarium

Artists | Ryan Elmendorf + Nick Geurts
Completed | 2018
Materials | Steel, rope, wood
Dimensions | 20′ x 20′ x 600′
Funding | Burning Man
Engineering | E/G

Seesaw Wave Machine is an interactive mechanical wave machine. It consists of 30 suspended seesaws, each with a wooden seat suspended from the beam above, connected at the apexes with torsion bars. A wave motion is initiated when any individual seesaw is actuated by participants, transferring the rocking motion from one seesaw to the next through rotational motion. The end of each seesaw has a multiple lights that displays the dynamic wave shape across the in motion, with the position of each seesaw lagging slightly behind its neighbor.

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