Exploring the intersection of light, sound and space, a "Sun Boxes” portable outdoor sound installation by artist Craig Colorusso will turn sunlight into music at key locations around Sarasota Jan. 1-3, 2014.
The traveling public art exhibit is a joint project supported by Art Center Sarasota, the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County.
The installation is comprised of 20 solar-powered boxes equipped with circuit boards and speakers designed emit pre-recorded guitar loops when exposed to daylight. With each loop a different length, they continually overlap without repetition. The volume is also variable, depending on the intensity of the light, as is the continuity, depending on cloud cover.
The result is a "serenely melodious" soundscape, says Lisa Berger, executive director of Art Center Sarasota.
"It's also interactive," Berger said. "Because the 'Sun Boxes' only play in sunlight, a viewer can interrupt the music by blocking the solar panel, effectively changing the way the installation will sound."
The artist describes that sound as "like the wind, at least to me."
"Sun Boxes" is intended to meld music with its surrounding space and encourage viewers to linger and experience that space in a more detailed and cognizant way.
The boxes will tour Jan. 1–3, with stops at city parks and public beaches. The artist will be onsite at all installations to talk about his work and the project.