Phase Garden is an investigation of cosmic frequencies realized through multichannel sound and light. Through the use of real-time astronomical cycles and combinatorial mathematics, this artwork explores the rhythms of the cosmos.
Phase Garden is part of a series of site-specific works created for SOLSTICE, an annual event at Mount Auburn Cemetery. It takes place in Asa Gray Garden, framing its circular form with 12 towers, of multiple lighting fixtures and speakers. Cosmic cycles of a solar day, lunar month, earth year, etc., trigger corollary light and sound events.
Phase Garden is, at times, sparse and placid, and at others, rhythmically dense and active. The audience is invited to wander the garden enveloped by light and sound. The harmony, color palette, and rhythm of these events are derived from the periodic relationships between the earth, sun, and moon at various and combined scales. This work visualizes and sonifies the ecstatic math that exists in the universe. Each moment with the artwork is unique and fleeting, provoking questions about circumstance, ritual, interconnection, and the cyclical nature of both our universe and our being.
Phase Garden runs on many "loops" and would take many thousands of years to repeat.