Los Angeles sound sculptor, Steve Roden was inspired by a 1900s astronomy book listing 490 ‘craters, mountains, and other objects’ known to exist on the moon, the same number as the sculptural objects making up the work. Each object’s height is determined by the number of vowels in its name. The vowels in each name determined the materials used (wood is the consonant) a= wax, e= wire, i= tin foil, o= gesso, and u= pencil. The second component, Letter Forms are based on the wave form images created by speaking or singing the letters of the alphabet into a computer, then fabricating the sound into 3-dimension. Catalogue, essay by Daniela Cascella.
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