The Third Harmonic is the first piece in a series exploring the relationship between sight and sound. It displays a representation of the sound wave formed by two notes when one has a frequency three times that of the other. In viewing the piece, the fading of sound is demonstrated by the wave as it gradually contracts. As such, the piece also represents the passage of time.
The three dimensional visualisation of this interaction is made possible through the use of modern technology that expands upon the concept first demonstrated by the harmonograph, a 19th century dual pendulum instrument that illustrates harmonic ratio. Sculpted by hand, the piece was made through a process of lamination. However, given the complex nature of the curves involved, traditional lamination through the use of a former was unfeasible while free form lamination failed to provide sufficient control to maintain the integrity of the design. As such, it was necessary to develop a process of 'semi-form' lamination that would combine the two.
Overall, the Third Harmonic provides an insight into the connection between sight and sound, a relationship where audible harmony produces visual symmetry and where one fails, so too the other.
Materials: European Oak, Low Iron Glass
Dimensions: 2330mm (l) x 880mm (h) x 445mm (w)