Hyattsville Horn Section

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This interactive performance sculpture creates a "sonic portrait" of Prince George's County. It is composed of 5 colorful independent 9ft horn instrument forms spaced so people can walk among them. A map of the County is embedded in the instruments. There are a series of “hand plates” that when touched illuminate and the instruments play a sound or group of sounds from a "sound bank" -- a combination of environmental, historical and melodic sounds significant to the County and its impact on the region. A County-specific riddle is engraved on a stainless steel plaque at the center of the sculpture. When the riddle is deciphered and "hand plates" are touched in the correct pattern, the instruments will play a saxophone "short" in reply. The sculpture is lit from dusk to dawn.

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The artwork is located on the grassy area at the corner of Farragut Street and Rhode Island Avenue in front of the County Service Building in the City of Hyattsville, anchoring the Hyattsville end of the Gateway Arts District corridor. It is visible by vehicle traffic along Rhode Island Avenue and the Baltimore Avenue Bridge. It is accessible to pedestrians along Rhode Island Avenue and Farragut Street. Installation: Spring 2004, Dedication: June 23, 2005.

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