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Force of Nature, Signature

San Francisco State University, Sonoma County Museum

Force of Nature is a Centennial exhibition commemorating the largest natural disaster to ever happen in Sonoma County. This exhibition features the human story of the 1906 earthquake, one of ruin and resurrection, along with the art and science that visually reveal nature's fury. The exhibition also features commissioned work by noted Bay Area artist John Roloff.

Paula Levine recontextualizes handwritten and photographic documents from the Museum's permanent collection and sounds from historic seismographic data to create Signature, an art and sound installation presented in conjunction with the exhibition Force of Nature. Simulation programming by Alex Killough. The work uses GPS satellites to trigger the sound of the 1906 earthquake and displace the surface of a digital map of Santa Rosa to allow the quiet and invisible Rogers Creek Fault to appear. The sound is a translation of seismic signatures of the 1906 quake, converted into audible sound.

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Exhibit runs from April 22 - July 9, 2006. Museum is open from W-Sun, 11am -5pm


Sonoma County Museum
425 7th Street
Santa Rosa, California


Focuses on the seismic and local history of Santa Rosa, a city that was totally destroyed by the 1906 quake and subsequent fires.



Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Museum for possible volunteer opportunities


Paula Levine, 415-452-0278

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