Sonic Bloom, Yuri Suzuki
Mayfair announces Sonic Bloom, a community-focused, multi-sensory installation exploring the nature of communication through the interactive deployment of sound. Curated by Alter-Projects and designed by sound artist, designer, and electronic musician, Yuri Suzuki, the sculpture will be located in Brown Hart Gardens, North Mayfair, within minutes of Oxford Street. Opening on August 23, 2021, Sonic Bloom is a playground of sound rebuilding a sense of community in London after a year of isolation. Sonic Bloom is a social catalyst in the form of a ‘phygital’ experience that not only compels participants to engage with the installation on an artistic level, but also invites them to explore the very essence of human connection.
Sonic Bloom consists of a physical installation in Brown Hart Gardens and of a parallel digital experience that will launch during the London Design Festival in September. The installation itself is a network of colourful horn-shaped elements that together create a magical, interactive flower. The sculpture amplifies the sounds absorbed from the surroundings and transports voice recordings from people at street level through its stems. Sonic Bloom is not only a public artwork but a communication tool that invites participants to listen on one side, and speak on the other, all the while observing social distancing measures and Covid-19 safety regulations. On one hand, it enhances the music of the city that often goes unnoticed: birdsong, leaves rustling and passers by going about their daily business. On the other hand, it invites visitors to record their own voices through the horns, emerging on the other side of the listening tubes.