|Installation view of Wave Garden designed by Yusuke Obuchi (Photo from Metropolis Mag by Anthony Hamboussi)|
|Plan view of Wave Garden by Yusuke Obuchi|
|Installation view Of Wave Garden, Yusuke Obuchi|
Wave Garden proposes a floating surface of piezoelectric tile generators (1,734 of these 7.6cm thick tiles, to be precise). The tiles move with the waves, transforming the kinetic energy of the waves into electricity. During the week, this electricity is sent to the homes on the California coastline.
But on the weekend, Wave Garden will function as a public park. The energy generated, instead of being used in the homes, will be used to transform the shape of the Wave Garden.
Visual and functional feedback is part of the design: if energy is conserved in the homes, then the Garden can use more energy to shapeshift. But if the residents have been profligate in their electricity consumption over the week, Wave Garden will have less energy for the task of transforming itself for public pleasure, in a relationship proportional to the energy use.
A beautifully expressed integration of the dynamic material and social systems that create energy and consumption.