Thursday, July 31, 2008

New York Artist Brings Sounds To Life

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One New York-based artist is making people see the sounds around them.

David William brings the bustling noises of the Big Apple to life with his Onomatopoeia street installations, in which he writes out the sound an object makes so people are able to visualize the sound.

This includes a subway payphone where he’s added colorful balloons that read “RRRING,” and a speaker surrounded by jagged letters above it that read “CRACKLE.”

William explains, “I want to reactivate a space so when people walk by it they’ll notice things they never noticed before. I’ve seen truck drivers slow down and rubberneck when they never would’ve before.”

He has an “arsenal of sound” in his brain from growing up reading comic books, and thinks the hearing impaired may gain some insight from his work.

He explains, “By writing out the noise something makes in a way that expresses what it’s like, someone who can’t hear can visually see the sound.”

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