Richard Grossman: Breeze Avenue

  1. Produced by American Letters Press, this time-lapse video documents the August 2011 installation of Richard Grossman's Pop-Up Torah in Mount Princeton, a 14,000 foot-high peak in southern Colorado’s Collegiate Range. Conceived as the longest lasting literary and art work in history, the Pop-Up Torah is one of several “poetic objects” that the author is producing in conjunction with Breeze Avenue, his forthcoming 3,000,000-page book conceived as a literary analog of cosmic consciousness.

    At the heart of the work is the Torah Ball, a 5-inch corundum (synthetic sapphire) sphere incised with the Ten Commandments by master Steuben engraver Max Erlacher. This beautiful orb, almost as hard as diamond, was inserted into a 300 foot-deep shaft close to the summit of the mountain, one of the tallest in the Rockies. The narrow borehole, which took 10 days to drill, was back-filled with cement and covered over to return the site to a pristine state.



    After approximately 20 million years, as a result of natural forces of erosion, the Torah Ball will emerge undamaged from its current resting spot and bear the Ten Commandments down the mountain. In the meantime, in order to assure that the work remains undisturbed by human intervention, the precise location of the Pop-Up Torah will not be revealed.

    Visit richardgrossman.com for further information.

    Music: The Lovely & Talented, Dressed in Black—Instrumental, Premium Playlist, Getty Images

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  2. Car-illon System™, a unique musical instrument invented by author Richard Grossman, which transforms a fleet of 13 cars into an “automotive marching band,” was featured in the second annual Las Vegas Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31, 2011. The Car-illon comprises the “harpsi-car,” a black stretch limousine housing an 88-note keyboard, flanked by 12 “chromatic cars,” each a black town car with a sleekly designed, roof-mounted device capable of playing all the octaves of a particular note. A corps of gorgeous showgirls, raucous clowns and other costumed characters accompanied the musical convoy.

    Dr. Joel Clifft, Director of Keyboard Studies at Azusa Pacific University, served as “Car-illonist” for the Vegas parade, performing an eclectic musical program including haunting classics such as Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, as well as a variety of spooky disco, pop, and heavy metal pieces geared to energize the crowd. Each note that Dr. Clifft played on the harpsi-car keyboard transmitted to the appropriate chromatic car and then issued from one of the 12 roof-mounted modules whose LED lights flashed on to “illuminate” the sound. The resulting music had a uniquely spatial quality, with the individual notes leaping from car to car and merging into a mesmerizing sonic breeze that filled the street and then dissipated into thin air as the fleet cruised by.

    Car-illon System is among several ambitious, genre-breaking projects in art, architecture, music, performance, poetry and prose that Grossman is creating as part of the culminating work of his American Letters trilogy, Breeze Avenue, a 3,000,000-page novel about heaven, slated to be launched online in its comprehensive digital form in 2013. Thousands of images of the LVHP Car-illon event, recorded by video cameras mounted on and in the cars, will appear within the book.

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  3. Car-illon System™, a unique musical instrument invented by author Richard Grossman, which transforms a fleet of 13 luxury cars into an “automotive marching band”, was featured in the San Diego County Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2011. The parade commemorated the 20th Anniversary of Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

    The Car-illon comprises the “harpsi-car,” a black stretch limousine housing an 88-note keyboard, flanked by 12 “chromatic cars,” each a black town car with a sleekly designed, roof-mounted device capable of playing all the octaves of a particular note. Dr. Joel Clifft, Director of Keyboard Studies at Azusa Pacific University, served as “Car-illonist” for the San Diego parade, performing an eclectic musical program of patriotic compositions. Included were stirring classics such as America the Beautiful and The Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as a variety of American-themed rock, country, and heavy metal pieces.

    Each note that Dr. Clifft played on the harpsi-car keyboard transmitted to the appropriate chromatic car and then issued from one of the 12 roof-mounted modules whose LED lights flashed on to “illuminate” the sound. The resulting music had a uniquely spatial quality, with the individual notes leaping from car to car and merging into a mesmerizing sonic breeze that filled the street and then dissipated into thin air as the fleet cruised by.

    Car-illon System is among several ambitious, genre-breaking projects in art, architecture, music, performance, poetry and prose that Grossman is creating as part of his American Letters trilogy, Breeze Avenue, a 3,000,000-page novel about heaven, which is slated to be launched online by alp in its comprehensive digital form in 2013. Thousands of images of the San Diego Car-illon event and of the instrument’s recent performance in the Las Vegas Halloween Parade 2011, recorded by video cameras mounted on and in the cars, will appear within the book.

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Richard Grossman: Breeze Avenue

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For the past two decades award-winning novelist and poet Richard Grossman has been concentrating on Breeze Avenue, a 3,000,000-page work conceived by the author as a literary analog of cosmic consciousness. This project will be launched online in its…


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For the past two decades award-winning novelist and poet Richard Grossman has been concentrating on Breeze Avenue, a 3,000,000-page work conceived by the author as a literary analog of cosmic consciousness. This project will be launched online in its comprehensive digital form in 2015 and then installed in a reading room as a set of 5,000 unique printed volumes. Additionally, 20 individual books from Breeze Avenue as well as works of art, music, and theatrical performances, are being produced as part of this ambitious undertaking.

Watch the videos here to learn about Grossman’s recent projects including: Car-illon System™, a musical instrument that transforms a fleet of 13 cars into an automotive marching band; and Pop-Up Torah, the longest lasting literary and art work in history, installed in a 14,000 foot-high peak in the Colorado Rockies. For further information, visit: richardgrossman.com.

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