For many years scientists have researched flocks of birds and human crowds to gain a deeper understanding of swarm behavior. Bird flocks are particularly interesting as they create complex shapes whilst flying; a phenomenon also known as the Black Sun. Mathematical simulations of this behavior is often used in animations to generate realistic movements of a crowd. Architects and crowd managers attempt to predict the movement of a crowd in populated areas and events such as stations, festivals and the pilgrimage during the Hajj in Mecca in order to execute crowd management.
Wave is a poetic simulation of a swarm: 12 computer fans are connected to an Arduino and a motion sensor. Once movement is registered, the fans turn on one at a time, starting in the left corner. The leaves are blown upwards by the wind coming from the fans to simulate a wave movement.
The installation was exhibited at the 2014 Dutch Design Week in at the TAC Building in Eindhoven.