Safe and Sound

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Safe and Sound animated King Plaza and illustrated how interactive public art can transform underutilized public spaces into exciting and safe ones. Participants were asked for feedback to help shape plans for the future of downtown’s underutilized spaces
Photo Credit: Jim Colton
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
Safe & Sound by Tomo Saito is a dynamic participatory-based music installation that animated King Plaza in downtown Palo Alto during a three-day new media public art festival called Code:ART. The installation engaged the public in the creation of community generated music and provided spontaneous and fun interactions among strangers. Safe & Sound invited passersby to sit down on one of eight chairs, each of which was connected to a track of music, which was triggered when someone sat in the chair. With all eight chairs filled, the full musical composition could be heard. The artwork instantly became a natural gathering place and drew over ten thousand people over the course of Code:ART to enjoy the music. Each day the installation featured a new musical track allowing the public to experience the project in a new way. The temporary project included two daily choreographed performances with volunteers from the public, led by the artist, composing music in public plaza.
PROJECT LOCATION

Plaza
Pop-up
Public Space
King Plaza is located in front of City Hall in downtown Palo Alto.
King Plaza
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto , CA 94301
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Public Art Commission
Art Works grant by the National Endowment for the Arts
City of Palo Alto Public Art Program
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
4000
under $50K
Grant
Percent-for-Art
Digital, Festival, Performance, Sound
Electronics, Sound
a set of eight chairs, sound system, motion detectors
2017
2018