Sound Sculptures for Architectural Spaces - 1981 to 2018

by Bill Fontana


Since the late 70's I have been creating installations that use sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of architectural settings. These have been installed in public spaces and museums around the world.

On this page the projects are in descending chronological order beginning with Landscape Sculpture with Fog Horns (San Francisco 1981) and ending with Sonic Mappings (Rome 2014). Each of these projects explored different ways to redefine, extend, create anew and activate the acoustic meaning of a built environment.


Landscape Sculpture with Fog Horns - San Francisco -1981

All Things Considered Feature-1981

The return of Landscape Sculpture with Fog Horns, 2018



Sound Sculpture with a Sequence of Level Crossings, Oakland, 1982


Oscillating Steel Grids along the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, New York,1983


Distant Trains - Anhalter Bahnhof, Berlin, 1984



Sound Sculptures through the Golden Gate - SFMOMA -1987

Cologne San Francisco Sound Bridge - West German Radio - NPR - EBU


Acoustic Views - Art Gallery of NSW - Sydney - 1988


Landscape Soundings, Art History and Natural History Museums, Vienna, 1990


Vertical Water - Whitney Museum of American Art - New York, 1991


Sound Island - Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 1994


Acoustical Visions of Venice - Venice Biennale - 1999


Musical Network - Lyon Lite Rail System - 2001


Falling Echoes, New York, 2002



Speeds of Time - Palace of Westminster - London -2004




Harmonic Bridge - Tate Modern Turbine Hall - London - 2006



Speeds of Time , Tate Britain and BBC, London - 2008


Panoramic Echoes - Madison Square Park - New York - 2007


Pigeon Soundings - Kolumba Museum - Cologne - 2007


Spiraling Echoes - San Francisco City Hall Rotunda - 2009


River Sounding - Somerset House - London - 2010

River Sounding Walk Through with 64 Channel Sound Mix



Sonic Shadows - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - 2011

Sonic Shadows Secret Sound Source Tour



SOARING ECHOES - Pritzker Pavillion - Millennium Park - Chicaggo 2012

Essay by Susan Snodgrass of the Art Institute of Chicago on Soaring Echoes


Silent Echoes - Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow - 2013


Vertical Echoes at the Imperial War Museum Manchester -BBC documentary


Sonic Mappings - MAXXI - Rome - 2014





Acoustical Visions