VERTICAL WATER, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1991


This sound sculpture was realized as part of the1991 Biennial Exhibition. It involved placing the sound of Niagara Falls, vertically, on the facade of the Whitney. It was installed so that the extreme low frequencies of the Falls came from low-frequency speakers placed in the sunken sculpture garden, while the higher frequencies were played from speakers under the concrete overhangs. One interesting effect of the natural white sound of the Falls was the masking of the traffic sound on Madison Avenue.

© Bill Fontana, `1996