carsten nicolai

334 m/s

perspex tubes, gas, igniting mechanism
room installation, dimensions variable
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334 m/s is a room installation, which is meant to visualize the speed of sound (c = λ ⋅ ƒ), which is about 334 m/s. two translucent tubes are filled with propane gas, which is set on fire to cause a chain reaction. a flame is burning from one side to the other, slowly accelerating to the point where it hits the end of the tube. due to the ratio of the gas-oxygene mix the flame there causes a rapid explosion, which can be heard as a sonic boom.