29 June 2011

Swoon's Musical Architecture for New Orleans

The New Orleans Airlift, is working with the amazing and internationally re-knowned artist Swoon to the create a permanent, interactive sculpture for the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. It will look like a house, but it will function like a musical instrument. There will be singing walls, organ floorboards, and percussion triggered by the human heartbeat.

A growing group of local and national sound artists are working towards interactive instruments that can be built into its walls and floorboards so that visitors can bring the house to life through their touch. Ultimately, musicians will be invited to play the house, performing orchestrated works at block parties for their friends and neighbors. This project is for the love of New Orleans - its architecture, music, culture and its people.

The New Orleans Airlift has been working hard at getting this project off the ground for for over a year now, developing alliances with architects and volunteers and the powers that be a city hall. They are partially funded by various arts grants and private contributors, but they are not there yet. You can make a pledge to this project starting at $5 dollars. At higher levels your pledge will get you an original and highly collectible art work by Swoon.

For more information on the artists: http://www.dithyrambalina.com/


  1. Be sure to check out Swoon's "Thalassa" at the Great Hall in the New Orleans Museum of Art. It's up til late September. http://youtu.be/ikoD6sXDf_0

  2. I went by the lot the day after the Thalassa opening and saw the house model from the street. It looks magical! The man across the street told me he cooked for the Thalassa after-party and what a good time was had by all. Thanks to Swoon and everyone involved for bringing the city such beautiful and interactive art.