Rippled Wood Boards Map The Sounds Of New York City [Pics]

Rippled Wood Boards Map The Sounds Of New York City [Pics]

Artist takes a fresh approach to capturing the hustle and bustle of the most populous city in the United States.

Lara Piras
  • 16 january 2014

Conceptual artist Erica Sellers latest work sees the perfect blend between art and technology and proves that the young, upcoming creative is definitely one to watch.

Her new project titled The Grind comes in the form of a range of wooden boards that play host to New York City’s soundscapes through their rippled surfaces. To accomplish this, Sellers collected audio samples throughout various areas of the city over the course of a month. She then converted them into sound waves and transformed those waves into 3D surfaces using 3D modeling software. To complete the project, oscillations from the audio were ground into reclaimed local wood using CNC technology.


Sellers explains, ‘A part of what makes New York City so astonishing is its vast variety of sounds. Sound creates vibrations which move into space and through other mediums. We cannot see or feel sound, yet we know it’s there. In an effort to combine sound with sight, and technology with biology, The Grind represents the sounds of New York City in three-dimensional form.’


Based in New York, Sellers graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and aside from her personal projects, also assists contemporary, conceptual artist Taveres Strachan whose multi-media installations investigate science, technology, mythology, history, and exploration.

Images: Erica Sellers

Sources: Erica Sellers


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