The entire San Jose Fault line is 12 miles in length that runs through Southern California and, more specifically, the university where this project was located. This one-day installation revealed a portion of an actual fault line that ran through the middle of California Polytechnic University at Pomona’s Campus. Carefully placed markers, which outlined the course of the fault line through campus, let the students visually interact with something they had only thought about in theory. Flyers strewn around the campus were used as a tool to inform students about the path of the San Jose Fault line running throughout their campus. The students that read the flyers unwittingly became a part of the installation by spreading the facts about the fault line to their peers. A buzz was created when something that was generally unnoticed and dismissed in the minds of the public was finally being addressed and the steps these students take every day, the classrooms they sit in, were all now clearly known to be located over an active fault line.
The goal of the installation was to invoke curiosity, not panic, and create a newfound knowledge and interest in the environment we live in. The last major movement of this fault line was a 5.4 earthquake in 1990; in the future, the earthquake resulting from movement on this fault line could be up to the magnitude of a 6.5. The fabric was strategically positioned in an undulating manner across the planting and lawn areas on the campus to give the illusion of two terrestrial plates grinding together, as it would in a real earthquake. In all, the installation required 900 total feet of fabric that spanned in segments along the fault line. Where the fault crossed through pavement, the fabric was replaced by a line of powdered chalk to impart that the fault is a continuous geological feature, while still avoiding disruption to normal transportation patterns. This installation was created in collaboration with Jonathan Avila and Ryan Honeybourne.