TABULA is a spatial and architectural exploration of LED light control designed to please the eye and entice the mind. Beautiful and educational, TABULA displays information about the world around us and below our feet. TABULA interprets an open and live seismic data feed made public by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), creating an illuminating display of seismic light on geographical images. Colors change throughout the week and datasets throughout the hours. Thus, TABULA is a map, a clock, and a calendar.
TABULA consists of 63 RGB light panel fins measuring 14’ tall by 3” wide mounted along 2 walls of 385 Sherman Avenue, for a total length of 160 ft. An informational touch screen is located on the ground floor of the building, highlighting earthquake preparedness and awareness as well as explaining the seismic art of TABULA and the data that is being represented.
TABULA is a collaboration between San Francisco-based sculptural artist Charles Gadeken and Australia-based D.V. Rogers, innovator of seismic light installations. Commissioned by Brick Architectural firm, TABULA is a beautiful and educational addition to the wonderful Palo Alto artscape.