As part of Barbican Open Fest (17 & 18 Mar), we transformed one of the City of London’s busiest streets – Beech Street tunnel – into a free, spectacular light and sound installation for the weekend.
With the Beech Street tunnel closed to traffic and turned into a huge blank canvas, 59 Productions’ Array used digital projections to transform the tunnel into a stunning visual realisation of a piece of music. Unfolding over the course of 30 minutes, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane, recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, provided the soundtrack to the journey, as vivid colours and images flickered across the walls in response to the music, constantly re-shaping the tunnel’s interior as visitors moved through the space.
As you’d expect, Array was one of the Instagram highlights from our Barbican OpenFest weekend – here are some of our favourites.
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Beech Street tunnel has been turned into a huge digital equalizer, projecting a visual and light installation. Playing about 30 minutes of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane, recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Absolutely beautiful😌☕ . . . . . #array #installation #visualart #stunning #music #light #sound #equalizer #massive #alien #array #tunnelvisions #culturemile #59productions #itcamefromouterspace #visionary #visionaryart #fantastic #beechstreettunnel tunnel #karawane #projectiondesign #artwork #bbcsymphonyorchestra #chorus #london #culture #barbican 🙌🏼☕
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