Bill Fontana: Sound Sculptures through the Golden Gate

Related Exhibition The Anniversary Show

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

On the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1987, San Francisco–based sound art pioneer Bill Fontana debuted his SFMOMA-commissioned Sound Sculptures through the Golden Gate, a live sonic duet between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Farallon Islands. Fontana captured environmental sounds in real time from microphones placed at different points on the bridge,on land, and under water, transmitting them simultaneously to loudspeakers on the facade of the museum's former building on Van Ness Avenue. The 30-minute multichannel composition is a rich texture of bird cries, fog horns, wave breaks, and the metal jolts of a bridge in motion.