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.


1301 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910



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1200 East-West Highway
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(616 feet NE)
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