Client: Be The Match
Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States
Completion date: 2015
Jen Lewin Studio
Sidewalk Harp in Minneapolis, MN changes a city street and it's community through light and sound.
Sidewalk Harp is a permanent, outdoor interactive instrument in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the headquarters of the Be The Match Registry. The delicate shape is a reference to the human genome, paired with the activation and engagement which is a subtle reminder that coming together as a community along with The Be The Match Registry can change not only a moment or a day, but it can change lives.
The Sidewalk Harp is played by passing your body through the 36 sensors capped with LEDs along the bottom of the 40-foot long stainless steel form. Much like plucking the string of a harp, passing through the sensors triggers custom circuitry and sensors to produce musical notes and LED colors. As the community gathers and plays together, they create a symphony of color that washes over the urban landscape. This act of engagement with others is just as much part of the art as the sculpture is itself.
Sidewalk Harp was designed, programmed, and wired by Jen Lewin Studio with steel fabrication and installation by Demiurge, a Denver-based fabrication company. The sound a light palette was custom created over a series of months and fine tuned on site after installation with the commissioning body. This installation has been developed with the intention for future adjustments and programming, so that it will always be a collaboration with the city of Minneapolis.
Revolutionary in public art using technology as a medium and the world-premier light harp, this installation challenges views of what art can be. Sidewalk Harp was designed to meet the highest standards in technology and fabrication. This installation is a peek into a future where public art is redefined to be ever changing and a truly public experience.