A swirling wall of patterned discs overlooking the Delaware River reflects the color, translucency, light, and movement of the water outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

Karman Vortex

Independence Seaport Museum Rivers Alive Exhibit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2019


With Victoria Prizzia of Habithèque Inc.

Materials

Painted and silk-screened acrylic discs mounted on acrylic sheets


Dimensions

7' tall x 30' wide

Installed in a wall of windows overlooking the Delaware River, Karman Vortex reflects the water's hydrological patterns. Hundreds of colorful discs give visitors a sense of the movement and beauty flowing just outside the museum. But the artwork’s swirling pattern is not just an allusion to watery movement; rather, it creates a repeating pattern of swirling vortices, what is known in fluid dynamics as a Kármán vortex street. This very pattern is occurring in the river whenever the water hits an obstruction, from a boat's bow to a bridge pier.

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