Four-story “Light Organ” is New Public Art  in A Kansas City Garage Stairway

December 1, 2011  |   News,   World
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The music is part of a new public artwork, “Terpsichore for Kansas City,” which centers on a four-story “light organ” in the city-owned garage’s central stairway.

Boston-based artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder conceived the combination light and sound work, which will play new compositions by David Moulton, Roberta Vacca and Kansas City’s Bobby Watson.

"Tersichore for Kansas City," a new sound and light work by Boston-based Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, commissioned under Kansas City's One Percent for Art Program.

Sound issues from speakers throughout the garage.

The $470,000 project was commissioned by Kansas City’s One Percent for Art Program, which sets aside for art 1 percent of the public costs of civic construction

“Terpsichore” (pronounced turp-sik-uh-ree) was named for the muse of dance and song in Greek mythology.

The dancing is enacted by white-and-blue LED arrays that flash and move inside the seven, four-story acrylic tubes that make up the light organ.