Public School Playground
PS 244 PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NEW YORK, USA
An installation designed for exploring music and sound phenomena at an elementary school playground in Brooklyn, NY, implemented in 1996. Promoted by local authorities, it is a permanent installation, enjoyed by the students of the school. Designed by Mary and Bill Buchen (Sonic Architecture).
There are two “listening dishes” in the playground. When children speak to each other through the dishes, the sounds travel into a large underground tank below and adds reverberation. Two stainless steel “palm trees” are played by slapping the open ends of the curved pipes on the trunk of the ‘tree’ to produce tuned percussive sounds. In the western half of the yard of the PS 244 primary school, there are several typical elements of urban furniture installed that encourage active listening and playing. They include 4 acoustic mirrors, 20 tables – drums and 3 “Palm Trees”; all are located next to the seating wall, made from stainless steel .
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Entry submitted by: Xiaochao Chen