Hear the Tintinnabulation of the Bells
December 6, 2007 7:15 AM Subscribe
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Public sound sculptures can be beautiful ways of drawing passersby into creating music. Whether they're melodic chimes in subway stations, theremins in public parks, or the sounds of rivers and clocks in a art museum, all of them can add a little bit of magic to the everyday world.
is an artist who has created multiple public sound sculptures across the Boston Area. He built three sound sculptures in the Kendall Square subway station
in Boston, and another in Charlestown, called the Charlestown Bells
One Bostonian lamented the struggle to maintain public sound sculptures
, kickstarted efforts to sponsor their repair, and drew a response from Matisse himself.
Not everybody appreciates public sound sculptures;
The Musical Fence
, originally installed in Cambridge, was relocated to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and a museum in Vermont
after people kept playing it at all hours of the night.
A few other public sound sculptures are:
Gun Holstrom's "Omphalomin"
creates sound through optical sensors in a Helsinki park.
Bill Fontana's "Primal Soundings"
brings the sounds of the River Aire and the sounds of a clock bell tower to the Leeds City Art Gallery and the Victoria Garden.