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Monday, November 7, 2011


By the end of 1990, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee had developed the first web server, web browser and web pages. Nowadays, after more than 20 years of World Wide Web, hyperlinks are so pervasive to be invisible to the eyes. We are used to directly follow a reference to a document as a way to access information.

However, today I felt the power of (hyper)links.
Climate researcher Brandon Murphy was part of the Coldigioco scene, a uniquely vivid scientific and geoartistic environment; for this reason he found this blog, since I had published a post about this geoartistic school. Then he came across an article about Luke Jerram, an artist who produces sculptures of 3D renderings of seismographs, and signaled it to me.

That’s a linked information sharing!

Seismogram of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and its sculptural expression by Luke Jerram.
One of the most impressive sulptures by Jerram was made to contemplate the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. According to the artist’s webpage:
“To create the sculpture a seismogram of the earthquake, was rotated using computer aided design and then printed in 3 dimensions using rapid prototyping technology.”

This technique could be defined the tactile counterpart of geologic sonification, mastered by Alessandro Montanari, one of the main figures of the Coldigioco environment. Again, links.