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Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork (PIEQF)http://pieqf.net
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The Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork is a site-specific machine installation for the township of
Parkfield, Central California. Located approximately 190 miles
from San Francisco and 210 miles from Los Angeles, this field example of earthquake art converges a
USGS reported Californian earthquake list with the near real time
control of an earthquake simulator placed on site in Parkfield.
Artistically this machine controlled earthwork is a feedback loop between the seismicity of California and the conceptual
interpretation of these reported Californian seismic events by means of the earthquake simulator and a formation of high
tensile steel rods. 110 lengths of 1/2 inch tensile steel bar at up to 12.0m in length will be fixed to the earthquake simulator.
These steel rods will oscillate in synchronous motion and chaotic grandeur each time a Californian earthquake
Surrounded by rolling hills covered with oaks and prominent mountains, Parkfield sits on the
San Andreas Fault in the coastal mountain ranges of Central California. The first to discover this special place were the
Yokut Indians. They hunted and gathered in the area, naming the valley in which Parkfield rests "Cholame", which means
"the beautiful one."
As transcibed from Wikipedia online, Parkfield is a village in Monterey County. Mining used to be a prosperous
activity in this community, but the mines were exhausted below economic recovery levels and the industry moved
elsewhere. Today, it is a small town of which 900 or so people work as ranchers, farmers or merchants supporting
these activities. There is a small tourism industry in the town based on the prospect of earthquakes.
The Parkfield motto is,
Parkfield is also the home of the USGS -
Parkfield Earthquake Experiment. Since its inception in 1985
the experiment's purpose is to better understand the physics of earthquakes - what actually happens on the
fault and in the surrounding region before, during and after an earthquake.
The coordinated efforts of the USGS with collaborating universities and government laboratories resulted in the
implementation of a dense array of seismic recording instruments. As a result, the region of Parkfield became the
most closely observed earthquake zone in the world. This array of seismic monitoring devices was set to "capture" the
anticipated earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and above to reveal the earthquake process in unprecedented detail.
The region of Parkfield has traditionally had moderate size earthquakes (M6.0 or above) at fairly regular
intervals - 1857, 1881, 1901, 1922, 1934, 1966 and most recently 2004. On September 28, 2004 the Parkfield Earthquake
Experiment 'trapped' a M6.0 earthquake.
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PARKFIELD INTERVENTIONAL EQ FIELDWORK
A vacant piece of land between the Parkfield Cafe and the Parkfield Fire Station will be used for the installation.
The earthquake simulator
will placed on this site to operate autonomously for a total of 93 days beginning 28th of June 2008 until 28th September
2008. The earthquake simulator will be triggered by a data feed
generated from all USGS recorded earthquakes in the California - Nevada region.
The site selected in Parkfield will be made accessible to the general public and visitation to the site will be
encouraged and promoted. Visitors to Parkfield can stay at the Parkfield Inn for a unique earthquake experience away.
The internet will play a major role in the presentation of the work utilising realtime audio and video streaming as
well as daily earthquake event logs.
It is anticipated that an art gallery in San Francisco and/or Los Angeles will support this proposed
Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork, by showing documentation and hosting a live A/V webcast directly from the site of the field
installation as a remote and realtime visual presentation within a gallery context.
Click HERE to see site Parkfield Site Poster.
PROJECT AIMS AND BENEFITS
Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other scientists conclude
that there is a 62% probability of at least one magnitude 6.7 or greater quake, capable of causing widespread damage,
striking the San Francisco Bay region before 2032. Less than 20% of Bay Area residents are prepared for such an event.
It is envisionaged that this proposed Parkfield Interventional EQ Fieldwork, will not only be a unique and
contemporary example of earthquake art it will also assist with promoting earthquake awareness and preparedness for the people
of the California.
Click HERE to download USGS Putting Roots Down In Earthquake Country Handbook
This ambitious artwork requires support with logistical and financial assistance. I am seeking expressions of
interest from individuals, institutions and companies who can support this work in the following ways;
For more information please email email@example.com
URL RELATED REFERENCESThe Township Of Parkfield
Parkfield Earthquake Experiments
Earthquake List For California-Nevada
USGS Eastern Hazards Program - Northern California
Putting Roots Down In Earthquake Country
Seismonitor Online Exhibition Catalogue 2002
Earthquake Simulator Specifications
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