Artist: Jim Sanborn
Material: Granite with wave pool water feature
Commissioned by Foulger Pratt Companies
Known to locals as “the wave pool,” Coastline is actually an educational tool that exemplifies the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Using the power of the seas as an inspiration, Jim Sanborn developed a water environment/ornamental foundation which replicates a 65 foot section of coastline with its wave action. The wave frequency is controlled by a remote tide gauge in which sends actual wave heights to the sculpture's control mechanism in real time. In front of Coastline is a wide pool of water running parallel to the coast. Waves are generated pneumatically under the plaza surface and roll across the width of the pool, crashing against the Coastline.