Art: "Harmonic Convegence" by Christopher Janney
Interactive art installation Miami International
Harmonic Convergence, the newest, large-scale art installation by artist, architect and composer Christopher Jannye, is nearing completion at the Miami International Airport. Janney terms Harmonic Convergence “an abstraction of South Florida in color and sound.” The official dedication of Harmonic Convergence will take place in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami 2011.
Harmonic Convergence features a 72-foot-long glass window wall utilizing over 150 transparent colours. The project is part of Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program and located in the connector walkway that is the entrance into the airport. As travellers enter the space, they’ll hear a complex set of sounds Janney recorded during trips to the Florida Everglades, scuba dives in the ocean, and other natural environments of South Florida. In addition, two video cameras installed in the ceiling feed information to the computer regarding the pedestrian activity within the space, influencing the density of the sound-score. At the top of each hour, a short composition with percussion instruments plays, marking the time of day.
“This is my fifth project in South Florida,” Janney states. “It is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the sounds of the subtropics most particularly the Everglades, the ocean shore and underwater sounds, especially sounds both real, as in whales and porpoises, and imagined, i.e. mermaids and Atlantis.” Harmonic Convergence replaces Janney’s 1997 airport commission Harmonic Runway, removed after changes to the airport due to 9/11 security. That former artwork had become an icon of South Florida, featured in magazines and films including Harrison Ford in, “Random Hearts” and Nicholas Cage in, “8MM.”