SONG 1 at the Hirshhorn

April 4, 2012 · Posted in architecture, Artists, Places to go in DC 

If you’ve been around Independence Ave and Seventh Street SW from sundown to midnight in the past few weeks you might’ve/hopefully noticed a very unique, and very public, art installation at the Hirshhorn Museum. Actually, I take that back. It’s literally ON the Hirshhorn Museum.

Song 1, by David Aitken, “will illuminate the entire facade of the Hirshhorn’s iconic building, transforming it into “liquid architecture” and an urban soundscape” until May 13th, 2012.

Aitken employs eleven high-def video projectors to blend imagery and project it onto the exterior of the museum, making it a 360-degree convex-screen cinema. Which, by the way, means there’s no one good vantage point to watch the whole thing. By encompassing the whole building, the artist encourages you to interact with the space as you walk around catching different bits and pieces of the work.

For a more in-depth explanation, check out the Hirshhorn Museum’s webpage on the exhibit or this great post by blogger Pat Padua.

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One Response to “SONG 1 at the Hirshhorn”
  1. Nancy Powell
    On April 7th, 2012 9:07 am

    Love this! I just did a post on the Hirshorn, of my very favorite museums in the whole world(thus far).
    Happy weekend!

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