Remember the news about David Byrne’s latest project, Playing the Building?
Playing the Building, a 9,000-square-foot, interactive, site-specific installation by David Byrne, will transform the interior of the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan into a massive sound sculpture that all visitors are invited to sit and “play.”
Byrne’s project will consist of a retrofitted antique organ placed in the center of the building’s cavernous second-floor gallery that will control a series of devices attached to its structural features—metal beams, plumbing, electrical conduits, and heating and water pipes. These machines will vibrate, strike, and blow across the building elements, triggering unique harmonics and producing finely tuned sounds.
Byrne explains, it is an elaborate system for “activating the sound-producing qualities that are inherent in all materials.”
BoingBoingTV caught up with Byrne and got an personal tour of the installation.