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Rhytons

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Client: Zachary Scott Theater

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Artist

Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio

Client

Zachary Scott Theater

Overview

Rhytons for Austin’s ZACH Theatre campus conceptually marries the theatrical performance use of the site and an innovative vision for a bronze sculpture celebrating performance through form and interactive sound.

Goals

By knotting the archetypal form of the horn, there is the physical gesture of coupling which references the body and the coupling of sculpture and performance, resolving itself through the viewer’s interaction with the sculptures sound.

Process

Two feet into each opening, a perforated bronze screen conceals a motion sensor connected to the master sound system in the building. Each sensor notes the presence of a viewer/listener then triggers the sculpture to perform the artist’s sound work, music or dialogue programmed to relate to current productions at the theatre.