Photo by John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal

Driving under a bridge during a downpour offers a moment of shelter from the storm. The dramatic sound of rain abruptly stopping and starting again marks the passage under the bridge and back out into the world.  Asylum features a poetic interpretation of this experience for Madison pedestrians and cyclists. We combine abstracted recordings collected from the space with snippets of song and the sounds of pouring rain to explore the way that sounds mark passages and transitions.

Asylum, the first sound art piece to be sponsored by Blink, the Madison Arts Commission’s temporary public art program, ran from April 20 to May 11, 2014 in the Tenney Park Underpass at East Johnson Street in Madison, WI.

Artists: Marina Kelly & Megan Katz (myk.mak). Consulting Sound Engineers: Chris Bocast, Brian Daly & Dale Kaminski. Fabricator: Dean Allen. Thank you to Michael Hankard, Dale Kaminski and Jeff Fitzgerald for the generous loan of space and equipment. Thank You to Erin Hood, for her participation in the conception of this project. Thank you to Curt Schumann, Jim Mathews and Ginger Lukas for invaluable assistance with installation.

Special Thanks to Karin Wolf, Arts Program Coordinator for the City of Madison and Tony Fernandez, Engineer for the City of Madison Streets Division.

Read more about Asylum and other spring 2014 BLINK! supported temporary public art projects in this Wisconsin State Journal article by Gayle Worland. Read an interview with the artists and hear excerpts from the piece in this post on Spackle Madison.