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Installation

Arborhythm

Ongoing
Howard Street Entrance
This installation is free to see at the top of the stairs at the Howard Street entrance to the museum.

Yuri Suzuki’s Arborhythm invites you to sit and stay awhile, taking in a soothing soundtrack of San Francisco’s natural and urban sounds. This experiential artwork was commissioned in concert with the exhibition Art of Noise.

The treelike speakers (that inspired the artwork’s title) play a continually remixed soundtrack of field recordings captured from around and beyond the city. The sculpture’s bright colors recall Bay Area sunsets and landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. “My public art projects always ask to make space more alive,” Suzuki says.

By tuning and layering the sounds of our local environment into a sensorial soundscape, Suzuki aims to “replenish people’s attention through their unconscious, cognitive process and help them relax and de-stress.”

Installation Preview

Yuri Suzuki, Arborhythm, 2024 (installation view); collection SFMOMA, purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Peggy Guggenheim; © Yuri Suzuki; photo: Myleen Hollero
Yuri Suzuki, Arborhythm, 2024 (installation view); collection SFMOMA, purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Peggy Guggenheim; © Yuri Suzuki; photo: Myleen Hollero

Yuri Suzuki, Arborhythm, 2024 (installation view); collection SFMOMA, purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Peggy Guggenheim; © Yuri Suzuki; photo: Myleen Hollero