Mesa Musical Shadows

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Client: ARTPLACE AMERICA AND THE CITY OF MESA

Location: Mesa, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $339,444

Project Team

Artist

Mouna Andraos

Daily tous les jours

Artist

Melissa Mongiat

Daily tous les jours

Industry Resource

Wireframe

Overview

Musical Shadows is an interactive pavement that reacts to the shadows of passersby by playing sounds of singing voices. The piece was created for the Mesa Arts Centre, Arizona, known to be the sunniest state. Custom tiles in the pavement play singing voices when shadows are cast upon them. As visitors together explore different soundscapes with their shadows, they become part of a collective sound and body performance. This new scenario for public space engages strangers to bump up against one another and share a moment of magic igniting in them a sense of what is possible together.

Goals

The result is a giant collective instrument that stimulates ownership of space. The instinctive way of creating music stimulates play and experimentation, which leads people to become aware of each other. People revel in being able to make music by using their entire bodies. Conversations between strangers are sparked.