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Fancy Playing A Building?

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Pop oddball David Byrne has recreated his 2005 sound installation Playing the Building, in which a Swedish gallery was turned into a giant musical instrument. This time, a vast ferry terminal in NYC’s Lower Manhattan has been on the receiving end of Byrne’s conceptual fingers.

Members of the public are invited to tinker with the keys of a vintage organ, centrally located in the otherwise empty space, and watch in amazement as it triggers a host of eerie pings and clangs across the building’s myriad pipes and girders. The piece runs ’til August 10th, so if you’re passing through NYC do pop in to the Battery Maritime Building and have a go on our behalf.

More info over at David Byrne’s website.

Geraint Humphreys