Strange singing wires lash downtown city square

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Described as an interactive music installation, Grisha Coleman’s Reach, Robot comprises dozens of blue lines strung over PPG Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh. Continually sensing the movement of passers-by, the network is hooked up to a sound system concealed in the plaza’s central obelisk.

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At a level just subtle enough to register, ambient chimes murmur beneath the hubbub of one of America’s busiest town squares.

Here’s a short clip of the audio, and Coleman explaining the work…

The thought crossed my mind that when the robots rise, they could take out hundreds of meat units simply by lowering these cables a couple of feet and suddenly pulling them taut across the plaza. ShishifwiwiwiwishIINGGGGG. Splutchsplutchlutch.

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9 Responses to Strange singing wires lash downtown city square

  1. Rob Beschizza says:

    Agies, would that be the sheep covered earlier today? Scroll down!

  2. Agies says:

    Yes, yes it would be. I must have been distracted by shiny laptops…

  3. t3knomanser says:

    I was just there the other day snapping pics:
    IMMA FIRIN’ MY LAZORS.

    //Silly BoingBoing forbidding images.

  4. devophill says:

    Nice Don Martin-style sfx.

  5. Doomstalk says:

    Dammit Rob, you keep making me miss Pittsburgh.

  6. Agies says:

    Very cool to be covering the Big Bots. I hope you will take a look at the humorous lawn mowing robot at Phipps (I won’t spoil it here). Also maybe you can find the one outside the library in Oakland because I couldn’t.

  7. RedShirt77 says:

    Love the Burgh updates, Rob.

  8. neurolux says:

    I just love One PPG Place. I find the architecture whimsically menacing like something out of a cartoon.

  9. sej says:

    “one of America’s busiest town squares” is a generous way to describe anything in Pittsburgh … any one else with me there?

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