The sounds of summer in the city, those exotic audio sensations that lend urban streets a certain vibrancy, is getting a boost at one of New York’s liveliest public spaces from a large-scale, mixed media installation commissioned for the jewel-like Madison Square Park on 23rd Street.
A project of Mad. Sq. Art, the acclaimed California artist Charles Long introduces Pet Sounds, a site specific environment of vibrantly colored pathways morphing into blobs and interactive sounds rambling across the grand lawn. As both a physical and aural experience, Pet Sounds is a hands-on experience allowing visitors to create a variety of vibrating sounds that will emanate from within the biomorphic surfaces by a simple touch.
Pet Sounds joins a long list of innovative projects by cutting-edge artists – Antony Gormley, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, and more recently showcased animated paintings by the Dutch painter Jacco Oliver – initiated by Mad. Sq. Art, a contemporary art program of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Through September 9, 2012. For information go to the Madison Square Park website.
*Rendering of Pet Sounds (2012) in Madison Square Park by Charles Long. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery / Madison Square Park Conservancy