seismogramYou know how we tend to look for a silver lining behind each dark cloud? Well, that is exactly what got artist Luke Jerram’s creative juices flowing, where he actually converted a seismogram of the devastating earthquake that occurred in the Land of the Rising Sun earlier this year into a 3D printed sculpture. Yes sir, this particular seismogram that you see above in a three dimensional form factor actually represents all nine minutes of the earthquake in its different intensities.

This graph was rotated courtesy of computer-aided design that resulted in the creation of a 3D image, where it was then printed in 3D using rapid-prototyping technology. As with any self-respecting art piece, it had to have a name – and this particular one was called the Tōhoku Japanese Earthquake Sculpture, measuring all of 12 inches in length and 8 inches wide.

As inspired an idea this was, it is not the first time that Jerram actually sculpted something which represented a catastrophe, as he also developed a piece that was based on a sound file of the Hiroshima atomic bomb explosion. If you happen to drop by the Terra exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts in London from November 9 to December 11, you will be able to see Jerram’s masterpiece on display.

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