This is an installation made in collaboration with artist Agnes Bolt at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. During the summer of 2010 Agnes and I interviewed dozens of kids at the museum then edited their voices into sound bites around themes like "laughing/crying," "saying I love you," "animal sounds," "ohs/ahhs" and "diseases that old people get." We placed sensors onto the stairs and assigned a selected sound bite to each step. As the patron ascends or descends the staircase the sounds grow in intensity and the themes are programmed to rotate every hour.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is a great institution that balances fun, education and shear chaos in equal parts. Whether young or old it deserves a visit the next time you are in the Steel City.
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