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Denmark’s EKKO Pavilion Records the Voices and Footsteps of Visitors Navigating its Spiral Path

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 2, 2012 @ 10:02 am In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery | No Comments

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Thilo Frank, EKKO, sound installation, interactive sound installation, wooden installation [1]

The sprawling installation encircles a grassy knoll at a Danish park. Twisting and contorting as if it is a giant square slinky, visitors are invited to walk in and around to activate EKKO’s musical features. 200 wooden frames [2] of varying size are spaced out to make up the piece, united with a continuous concrete walkway.

The sounds created by EKKO are entirely dependent upon the steps and voices made by visitors. The hidden microphones pick up the sounds [3], which are then remixed by a computer and then played back throughout the installation. The sounds are also archived, turning the installation into a sort of sound time capsule, giving the artist a snippet of the visitors who experienced EKKO on a given day.

Aside from a sound installation, EKKO also interacts directly with the sun. Since the 200 wooden frames [4] are each set apart, the sun has varying effects during the day, throwing a lattice work of shadows on the site, while also filtering light in different effects. From afar, the slats cause a vibrating edge effect, looking almost static to the naked eye.

Frank’s installation combines architecture, art and sound, while creating an audio record of itself.

+ Thilo Frank [5]
Via Dezeen [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/ekko-pavilion-records-visitors-voices-and-footsteps-while-filtering-sunlight-in-denmark/thilo-frank-ekko3/

[2] wooden frames: http://inhabitat.com/foret-ii-is-a-meditation-pavilion-made-from-810-reclaimed-shipping-pallets/

[3] microphones pick up the sounds: http://inhabitat.com/new-post-submission-1291/

[4] wooden frames: http://inhabitat.com/gigantic-timber-wave-installation-welcomes-the-london-design-festival-to-va/

[5] + Thilo Frank: http://www.thilofrank.net/

[6] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/10/29/ekko-installation-by-thilo-frank/

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