George Zisiadis' Pulse of the City turns pedestrians' heartbeats into music. It's an interactive public art installation installed in five locations in Boston.
Amidst the chaotic rhythms of the city, it helps pedestrians playfully reconnect with the rhythm of their bodies. It combines art, design, and technology to promote the use and celebration of public space in an uplifting and imaginative way.
“This is a truly unique project that connects Boston’s residents and visitors to art in a whole new way," said Tom Menino, Mayor of Boston
Pulse of the City is unique in how it treats heartbeats not as beeps and numbers but as creative expressions of life. It also wirelessly uploads its history of interactions, allowing city officials an unprecedented understanding of how people engage with placemaking initiatives.
Pulse of the City was originally conceived in October 2012 as part of San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival - exploring how art, design, and technology can help make cities better. The original was built from cardboard and auto body putty for less than $1,000. Boston city officials took note of the the piece’s overwhelmingly positive reception and saw the potential of using it to enliven Boston streets. In less than one year Pulse of the City has gone from mere idea to enthusiastic reality. It's a major example of the power of cities to rapidly experiment and innovate in creating engaging public spaces.
The Boston public's response has been incredibly enthusiastic. In just the first weekend, over 1,000 interactions were recorded by the hearts.
There are five hearts located around Boston.
Artist - George Zisiadis
Visual Designer & Fabricator - Rachel McConnell
Hardware Engineer - Matt Ligon
Sound Designer - Rich Trapani
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