Breaking Wave

This parametric design video is about Breaking Wave located in the Biogen Idec lobby. Breaking Wave is an anamorphic kinetic sculpture created for our new headquarters in Cambridge, MA by Plebian Design and Hypersonic. If you’d like to visit in person, Breaking Wave runs Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm at 255 Binney St. in Cambridge, MA. The sculpture is viewable from the street, or from inside the lobby. Feel free to ask the guards where the hidden images are, if you don’t find them. Breaking Wave tells the story of the search for patterns, and the surprising results that come by changing our point of view. 804 suspended spheres move in a wave-like formation. When the wave crests and breaks, the balls hover momentarily in a cloud. From almost anywhere in the room, this cloud is purely chaotic, but step into one of two hidden spots, and this apparent chaos shows a hidden pattern. From the first, a labyrinth hints at the search for knowledge, and from the second, a Fibonacci spiral inspired flower reminds us of the natural order and patterns found in nature. Scientists search through billions of experimental data points in order to find patterns to develop new drugs, to treat diseases. Without a particular framework or perspective, these are just 0’s and 1’s, with no form or information. But with the perspective of an understanding of molecular dynamics, these data points create a clear picture about the hidden dynamics within the body, and allow scientists to craft drugs to successfully treat these diseases. This concept was designed with pencil, paper, and processing. The structure was designed in Solidworks. The piece was built with many hands, and several miles of wire rope. Please check out “Order from Chaos” for a making-of video by Alberta Chu’s ASKlabs. To learn more about the project a link to the project visit:… Credits: Breaking Wave by Plebian Design and Hypersonic Project Management Small Design Firm Lighting Design David Weiner Design Material Development Lightfast D B Concept Rendering Carl Albrecht The creators of the video send a special thanks to: Ed Dondero, Melissa Kendis, and Dan McIntyre at Biogen-Idec, Jenna Fizel, Nathan Lachenmyer, David Small, Heather Blind, Alberta Chu, Kasumi Hinouchi, Neal Mayer, Lauren McCarthy, Kyle McDonald, JB Michel, Dan Paluska, Chris Parlato, Plus Fabrication, Scott Taylor, Sosolimited, Chris Danemayer.