Oscillating Steel Grids along the Brooklyn Bridge

 

 

One World Trade Center, New York, 1983

 

This sound sculpture was realized for the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1983. At this time, the Bridge made the continuous sound of the oscillating drones of cars moving over a steel grid roadway, then becoming silent by being paved over by blacktop in the late 80's.

Eight microphones were mounted below this roadway and transmitted the live sounds of the Brooklyn Bridge to the facade of a building that also no longer exists, the facade of One World Trade Center. This sound was played from 8 loudspeakers embedded behind the vertical struts of the facade along a set-back high above the Austin J. Tobin Plaza below. The presence of the abstract droning sound floated above this plaza, becoming the sound of the building, being mistaken sometimes for wind.

This media clip, which is 46 minutes long, is a memorial to the memory of the World Trade Center. A real time recording of the live transmission from the Bridge plays continuously against slowly alternating images of either a black screen, the Brooklyn Bridge or the World Trade Center.

 

 

 

Oscillating Steel Grids along the Brooklyn Bridge