Most college students see contemporary sculpture as puzzling landmarks–useful only as visual markers and not to be touched. Rice University’s recently installed Soundworm! sculpture, however, rejects that stereotype. Made up of a series of bright yellow twisting steel pipes and embedded microphones, the installation serves as public seating as well as a creative eavesdropping device that collects conversation snippets from five locations on campus. The two-ton Soundworm! was built by a team of Rice University architecture students and was designed as part of a design charrette.

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