The Pumpkin Wave

A Bit of Orange Whimsy

Sometimes we go off on a tangent from our primary Wave installations to experiment with other applications of the polycarbonate film or to react to a particular visual inspiration that one or both of us has imagined.  We did that when we created our brilliantly-colored ‘Snow Wave‘ that lay in gay contrast against the stark white of the winter landscape, and again when we installed our dramatic, vertical Rain Wave at a height of 25′ and suspended by cable across an early spring woodland setting.

This time, with a bit of whimsy on our minds, we responded to an artists’ call to create a three-dimensional interpretation of a pumpkin for an exhibition devoted solely to this iconic, orange vegetable at the historic Van Cortland Museum in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.  The exhibition was developed to coincide with the museum’s wildly popular, annual event called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze that traditionally attracts tens of thousands of visitors over a five week period of time and features over 5000 carved and lit pumpkins spread throughout the grounds. The 2013 Blaze and exhibition run from October 5, 2013 – November 11.

The finished Pumpkin Wave was constructed out of eight aluminum strips that are attached to a large, central cardboard sonotube and form the structure of the sculpture  The individual orange Wave pieces were originally created by visitors to the Wave installation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore on June 8, 2013.  Check out a few of these young participants using the vibrant, orange film below.

 Visitors to the National Aquarium in Baltimore on World Ocean's Day Cutting Pieces of the Wave From Orange Polycarbonate Film


Visitors to the National Aquarium in Baltimore on World Ocean’s Day, 2013: Cutting Pieces of the Wave From Orange Polycarbonate Film

And here is the striking Pumpkin Wave, lit from within and casting mysterious shadows onto the ceiling and walls.

 The Pumpkin Wave at Van Cortland Museum, Croton-on-Hudson, NY,  Polycarbonate Film, Plywood, Aluminum, 2013


The Pumpkin Wave at Van Cortland Museum, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Polycarbonate Film, Plywood, Aluminum, Sonotube, 2013