Synesthesia

Synesthesia

Boynton Beach, FL

 

Interactive stainless tubes. In production for 2019

Synesthesia
​ - a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory pathway.


The sculpture consists of eight 10 foot tall vertical stainless steel tubes arranged in a 20 foot diameter circular array The tubes are 10” in diameter, mirror polished and reflective, and each topped with an LED ring of light that is automatically activated after sundown. This smart sculpture is fully programmable allowing the lights to change colors and be sequenced. In the same way that The Empire State Building is lit to commemorate various holidays so too can synesthesia be tailored to reflect special days such as red, white, and blue for national holidays, white for Christmas, and green for St. Patty's Day, and so on.

 

With the modulated colored lights, people's experiences with the sculpture will be different every time. The LED lighting brings the sculpture alive in the evenings and gives the sculpture an illuminated and memorable sense of place after dark.

Another unique aspect of the sculpture are the sounds generated by the tubes. Activated by proximity sensors, the tubes emit sound when someone approaches - they react to external stimuli. In this way, viewers become part of the art and bring it to life. Concealed inside each tube is a programmable electronic sound generating device that creates the intriguing, gentle sounds of rain, ocean waves, night insects, flowing water, wind, etc. The sound generating device residing inside each tube consists of a microcontroller subsystem with audio output capabilities, also equipped with several gigabytes of storage space to save and manage many different sound profiles.