October 4, 2018
Reception & Ceremony
The US Grant


Fault Whisper

Created by the artist team of Living Lenses and commissioned by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture for its Civic Art Collection, Fault Whisper features two large-scale, mirror-finish, stainless steel spheres positioned on opposite sides of a shallow, underground fault rupture. Fault activity is expected to physically shift the spheres over time, disrupting their precise alignment and making the effects of land movement visible to visitors of Fault Line Park.

To further underscore what happens during even the slightest trembling of the earth, a device installed underground at the park monitors fault activity in real time. Data from the device is processed into musical notes that are subtly broadcast from speakers in the west Fault Whisper sphere. Using personal mobile devices, visitors to the park at 14th Street and Island Avenue can scan a QR code near the artwork to “eavesdrop” on the earth. Anyone with a computer can listen to Fault Whisper by going to a City of San Diego web page: www.sandiego.gov/arts-culture/publicart/civicart/faultwhisper

Fault Whisper was recently honored as one of the nation’s 38 outstanding public art projects created in 2015 through the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program of Americans for the Arts.

Photo credit: Cindy Guido.

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    Fault Line Park, 1433 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture through a partnership with the former Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Diego, Civic San Diego, and Pinnacle International Development.

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; christinej@sandiego.gov

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Project Artist: Living Lenses (Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen)


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