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‘Coastline’ Wave Pool

Approaching the wave pool sculpture outside the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, you will see waves crashing against rough-cut granite, rhythmic and mesmerizing, in various levels of ferocity and grace. 

What most people don’t realize is this sculpture, called “Coastline,” is much more amazing than its appearance lets on. These aren’t just random waves, but rather are generated from real-time wave measurement data transmitted from the Massachusetts seacoast to instantly recreate the exact ocean waves along a 65-foot section of the Atlantic coast.

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