Cornell University Botanic Gardens, Ithaca, New York

Lightwave is an investigation of an urban phenomena: the caustic optics produced by the reflection of light on water. In lieu of water, a grid of square timbers form an undulating wavelike surface that embraces the human form. Each post is painted one of seven colors. When lighting illuminates the posts, vibrant reflections overlap, producing a much greater range of hues than the original palette. The surface’s crests and troughs provide a variety of seating alcoves. Constructed of 264 CNC machined black locust posts, all fasteners are concealed from the exterior. The timber will slowly age with the site from blonde to gray in color.