Tuesday, December 3, 2013

three syncopated surfing rings

Today is December third, two thousand and thirteen.  12/03 2013 is another of the seven uncommon dates that occur this year, distinguished by the fact that the numbers for the month/day are a permutation of the four numbers {0, 1, 2, 3} in the year 2013.

To mark this special occasion, here are images of three rings of a "surfing circus" that will potentially be shown in the near future.

There are three distinct types of surfing taking place within each of the rings.

In the first ring shown below, the assumption is that there is no wind nor waves, hence stand-up paddling is the only means of locomotion.  This relies on the energy input of the surfers to produce propulsion, which ultimately is derived from a solar source, the sun.

In the second ring, the assumption is that the sun has heated the atmosphere leading to significant wind movement, thus allowing windsurfing/kitesurfing/sailboarding to take place.  

This ring uses boomwhackers (which are kind of like wind chimes), and the clear ball in between the boom stands is known as the "atmosphere".  It is probably unnecessary to point out the symbolism here, so I won't insult your intelligence by doing so. 

In the third ring, the winds have swept over the sea long enough to produce substantial ocean waves, in other words:   "surf's up"

The use of blue tarps was suggested by Silvyrene Castillo, who I'd like to thank for the idea.  In addition to colorfully contributing to the visual element in the syncopated surfing rings, the textured surfaces also add sounds that are reminiscent of swooshing waves rolling by.

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