The Sitting Wave / Bill Washabaugh & Jeff Lieberman

Commissioned by ZERO1, the San Jose Public Art Program, and Caffe Frascati, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Jose Downtown Association.

The Sitting Wave is a site-specific installation that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program at Caffe Frascati (315 S. 1st Street) from September 12-December 8, 2012.

The Bench brings the essence of nature back into a metropolitan area through dynamic, organic motion. This bench is made of many wooden parallel slats, each individually hinged. When you sit down, the slats you sit upon lower, creating a ripple in the bench headed in both directions. Internal springs connecting the slats pull their neighbors down in response, creating a wave motion. This slow-motion liquid ripple reaches the end of the bench and reflects back. Multiple people create interacting wave patterns. The bench connects the residents of San Jose (and more specifically the visitors of Caffe Frascati) to the unification of art and technology, while reminding us of our interconnection to nature.

This project will be exhibited as
part of the ArtHERE program at
Caffe Frascati (315 S. 1st Street)
from September 12-December 8, 2012.
Opening hours TBD

Bill Washabaugh & Jeff Lieberman

live and work in Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA


Bill Washabaugh has spent a decade blending engineering, science, art, and architecture. Bill has a degree in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Bill has designed airplanes for Boeing, lifting equipment for Genie Industries, and a spatula. In 2005, he founded Hypersonic Engineering & Design, a design studio in Brooklyn, New York which creates ground breaking physical interactive sculptures and consults to the aerospace, mechanical, advertising, manufacturing, and product design industries. Bill is interested in combining art and technology to help people gain a deeper understanding of their natural surroundings. He is also interested in researching the science/causes/impacts of climate change, developing green technologies, researching open source collaborative technologies, and designing robotic automated systems.

Jeff Lieberman explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, passion, creativity, and the potential future of human consciousness. He hosts 'Time Warp' on the Discovery Channel, using technology to see beyond the limits of our normal human perception. He composes music in the duo gloobic, and has performed in Carnegie Hall. He shows technological sculptures around the world, to bring people an emotional and mystical connection with science and the universe. Having finished four degrees at MIT (BS: Physics, Math, MS: Mech. Engineering, Media Arts and Sciences), he is exploring the applications of technology to evolving and shifting human consciousness.