Play It By Ear is an interactive sound sculpture inviting a neighbourhood to talk to itself. The artwork is a series of brightly coloured telephone pillars placed throughout Butler Memorial Park. Each pair of telephones is connected by looping ‘land lines’ curling underfoot. Park visitors can pick up any telephone and a matching phone will ring elsewhere in the park – like a hard-wired walkie-talkie system. If nobody picks up, you’ll be connecting to a voicemail where you can leave a message for your neighbours – and listen to the messages they’ve left for you! The phones invite playful possibilities for encounter through an invisible network of connections that mirrors the community of West Jasper Place.
Visit earplay.ca for more information about the project.
Butler Memorial Park