Terpsichore for Kansas City
- Location: Arts District Parking Garage, Kansas City, MO
- Client: Kansas City Municipal Art Commission
- Size: Light Organ 13′ x 4′ x 60’/ Site 1000′ x 180′ x 60′
- Materials: Light, sound, electronics, steel, polycarbonate
- Budget: $470,000
- Sound Design: David Moulton
- System Programmer: Matt Harter
- Composers: David Moulton, Roberta Vacca, Bobby Watson
- Video Credits: Brit Adair
Video of Terpsichore for Kansas City
Simulation of the Light Organ Display for a Composition by Roberta Vacca
Terpsichore for Kansas City transforms the parking garage of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts into into a public art musical instrument with light and sound, a complementary venue to the performances at the Center. Our artwork extends throughout the entire space of this thousand car, four-story garage, which serves Kansas City’s Arts District.
In Greek mythology Terpsichore was the Muse of Dance and the Chorus. The central feature of our Terpsichore is The Light Organ, a vertical sculpture of of light tubes, penetrating through the 4-story stairwell of the garage. Programmable LED’s within the Light Organ pipes produce white and blue light to create compositional patterns in different rhythms and intensities. These patterns were composed like another instrument playing with the sound compositions in the stairwell.
Sound from 108 speakers, activated by motion sensors, plays moving through the garage for people to experience as they walk through space, making it seem like the garage itself is making the music. Composers David Moulton, Roberta Vacca, and Kansas City’s own Bobby Watson were commissioned to create the sound works for this project. The sound design for the Garage was developed in collaboration with composer David Moulton. Matt Harter is the system programer. We hope to establish a program with the city and the Kaufman Center to commission composers to contribute pieces in the future and build up a library of compositions for the garage.
Composers Create Light Displays
Roberta Vacca uses a web camera, different objects and gestures in time to her music to make the animation for a light composition that will play on The Light Organ and accompany her music.
David Moulton takes a different approach to composing the light display for his music, moving the web camera slowly over black and white graphics.
See construction images in News.