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Square Wave is the brainchild of Ivan Black, a British sculptor, engineering enthusiast and artist whose work has been celebrated and displayed at some of the most significant institutions in the world such as the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Cass Foundation and Palmyra Sculpture Center. Ivan’s work is often deceivingly simple but moves in beautifully complex ways, evoking principles of physics and mathematics. Square Wave was born out of this drive to create educational, moving art, originating from a much larger sculpture whose construction process was extremely difficult to replicate, one of many reasons why we turned to hand made production in Italy.
Square wave is made up of 24 connected metal rods which curve and mutate unexpectedly with the introduction of energy. The repetition of identical elements is precisely calibrated to create complex fluid structures. Square Wave combines iconic natural forms with mathematical formulae. Each bend and curl of the material is precisely calibrated to create a seamlessly integrated mechanism. As a Psychiatrist explained us: "...The fluidity and rhythmic nature of Square Wave increases the activity of the brain producing more dopamine and serotonin”.
Making Square Wave
We have become used to a world where things are created at absulderly low costs and are blindly sourced from producers who do not pay attention to the quality of life or the safety and workers. We decided to produce the sculpture in Italy, the home of quality production. Producing in Europe with high quality materials obviously comes at a much higher cost, but we take pride in the fact that we choose to pay the extra price required to assure the quality of our products, but more than anything, we understand the importance of paying our workers well and producing in a country with a high quality of life.
Kinesis to Kinetic
These are some of Ivan Black's creations and the result of his passion for art, geometry and mathematics. The word Kinetic finds its origins in the ancient Greek word “kinesis” meaning motion or the act of motion. The definition of kinetic is deceptively simple, because the history and domain which it has occupied ever since humanity began theorizing about it, is a vast immensity of space. The renowned German theorist, philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz became interested in theories of motion when he arched his interests towards explaining Christiaan Huygens and Christopher Wren’s findings on elastic collisions, starting his long search for the truth seas apart from his final discoveries.
Different Ways To Use Your Square Wave
Spin it with a flick of your wrist, and watch the magic happen
Spin it with both hands, by holding it by its edges
Create mind-blowing shapes and mesmerizing geometric patterns
Hang it from the ceiling, using the standard kit provided with each square wave
You can add the optional Magnetic Stand to enhance your experience
Square Wave can be displayed indoors and outdoors
Square Wave Specs
Each Square Wave comes in an elegant box, ideal for a perfect gift. It also comes with a basic hanging kit (we now also offer a dedicated magnetic stand sold separately). Each and every Square Wave is handmade in Italy, near Lake Como, by expert artisans, using exclusively high quality certified materials 100% sourced in Europe. Square Wave dimensions are: 9.8 Inches / 25cm x 9,8 Inches / 25cm and it weights 0.24 Pounds / 110 g. the main component is: S234JR pre-galvanized steel, the highest quality chrome plated steel or the best plating available for the model. Square Wave is made to last outdoors as well and each order is tracked and insured. You will receive an email with your tracking number as soon as your parcel leaves our warehouse.