Pillars April 2013

The poems of the vedas are referred to as sruti - "that which is heard", for they were handed down for several generations orally before being written down. The primary objective of the vedic poems is that they be recited with proper accent, rhythm and tone. Such recitation is believed to produce profound effects on the listener's mind. In this sculpture, the sound of the vedas are transformed into a sculpture.

A computer program generates geometric shapes for each word within a veda praising Vayu (breath, wind, air.) The generated patterns are printed and painted over by hand, then digitally scanned and cut on mats using laser. The prints are connected by dripping plastic to trace a sculptural form that visualizes the waveform of its parent veda.

Photo Credit: Jessica Krannitz