Musical Shadows - Mesa

Dancing with your shadow

In the warmest areas of the world, the sun sets the pace of life. When cities become unliveable because of their scalding concrete, creating shaded areas in public spaces becomes a priority. Musical Shadows plays with this tension to show that another type of urban life is possible whatever the climate.

Designed to be in direct relationship with the sun, this installation is an interactive pavement that plays music with light. Passers-by are invited to explore how their shadows trigger musical notes, and how they can express themselves with their whole body in public space.

Permanent Installation Since 2016

Mesa, AZ, USA

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The Project

The movement of the sun changes light throughout the day changes. Shadows stretch and transform, change orientation and intensity. Musical Shadows detects these light variations: when cast on the interactive pavement, shadows trigger voices and instruments that evolve depending on the light intensity.

A Dance With the Sun

Dawn or dusk, the same combinations of melody and instrument may never be heard twice. Musical Shadows’s many musical possibilities provide a sense of surprise and exploration for both everyday participants and one-time visitors. People are free to choose how they want to engage, simply walking through the pavement or dancing with their entire bodies; alone or together.

© Daily tous les jours

Behind the Scenes

Credits

    • A project by Daily tous les jours
    • Permanent installation at the Mesa Arts Center, funded by Artplace America and the City of Mesa.
  • Creative Direction
    • Mouna Andraos
    • Melissa Mongiat
  • Production
    • Antoine Clayette
    • Steve Blanchette
  • Technological Direction
    • Eva Schindling
  • Interactive Direction
    • Pierre Thirion
  • Narrative Design
    • Anne Ouellette
  • Sound Direction
    • Michael Baker
  • Industrial Design
    • Dikini
  • Sound Directiony
    • David Drury
  • Engineering
    • Thibaut Lefort, Latéral
    • Remy Studli
  • Production Coordination
    • Anna Gazel
  • Production Assistance
    • Malcom Remple
  • Fabrication
    • Formule CNC
    • Maître d’oeuvre
  • Video Images
    • Slaven Gujic
    • Katie Lambert, Evoaz.com
  • Editing
    • Geoffrey Boulangé
  • Special Thanks
    • Lucandrea Baraldi, Inès Ortega, Cindy Ornstein, Rob Schultz, Jean Kaminski, and all at the wonderful wonders of the Mesa Arts Center, from the start backers Michael Tingley, Shawn Jordan, David Crummey, and precious production collaborators Trevor Collon, Daniel Petit, Caroline Gueugnon (CVG Consulting), Cyrus M. Bilimoria, CORE and Talis construction.
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