John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
1461 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
213 253 4740
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Listen In is a public sound art installation spearheaded by United Way of Greater Los Angeles that expresses, through a dynamic interaction of space, material, and sound, the mission of its “Everyone In” campaign to end homelessness. Listen In asks that all individuals take a moment to listen, reflect, and become engaged in shaping a brighter future for our City – a future in which every person has a roof over his, her, or their head; a future in which affordable housing is available and accessible to all.
Listen In is comprised of 19 self-supporting steel tube tripod structures, each framing 6 suspended wind chimes, that can be arrayed in an infinite number of patterns at any site in Los Angeles. The 114 individual chimes sound out 10 different notes and can be activated by wind, manually at random, or by musicians performing in concert. With a multitude of colors, tones, and lengths – but always organized within the protective frame of a tripod – the chimes represent the singularity and complexity of human beings in society. While the importance of the individual voice is celebrated, so too is the need to join together, to ignite the power of the collective.