Cimbalom Circle is a series of musical tiles that create impromptu orchestras out of pedestrian choreographies. Commissioned for Budapest’s House of Music, signed by architect Sou Fujimoto, the work pays tribute to Hungary’s musical legacy. At the center of the artwork is the Cimbalom, a stringed instrument invented in the capital in 1874. People walk a tune, play their own games, or dance, creating ever-evolving contemporary compositions with traditional sounds. A key attraction of Liget Park, the artwork joined the permanent collection of currently Europe’s largest urban cultural development. The artwork lives permanently in the urban architecture and opens up the magic of playing music together for all ages and backgrounds. As people play along, inhibitions are lost and spontaneous performances take place. These performances bring a sense of closeness between users and onlookers. How it works: 36 interactive light units are embedded in concrete tiles. Place your foot, wheel, hand on a unit to play a note. Tap multiple sensors to play arpeggios. Explore alone or with others – the rhythms depend on the distance between the sensors played. Music emanates from the ground as if by magic thanks to in-house tailored solid speaker tiles, developed to blend into the pavement pattern.
Daily tous les jours leads an emergent field of practice combining design, interactive art, storytelling, performance and placemaking to reinvent living together in the 21st century. Founded in 2010, the women-owned, Montreal-based, art and design studio has presented original artworks in more than 40 cities around the world, inviting humans to play a critical role in the transformation of their environment, creating context for vibrant social connections, building more resilient cities. The studio earned numerous international recognitions, notably the grand prize at the UNESCO Creative Cities Design Award for Young Talents, winner of the Knight Cities Challenge for Civic Innovation, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award and an Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award. Plus, Oprah Winfrey described their Musical Swings as a ‘living work of art’.