After temporarily occupying a vacant lot on Chicago's south side for 3 months, Resonation Room was donated to a local community garden.
The Resonation Room is at once both an oversized percussion installation and space of public collection. The temporary pavilion occupied a vacant lot on the South Side of Chicago, providing neighborhood residents with a place to play (both physically and musically), gather, socialize, and communicate.
Resonation Room was part of the larger exhibition, Forms of Imagination: Reveal and Activation by the University of Chicago’s Art + Public Life, which aspired to give transparency to the process of collaborating across disciplines, as well as what it takes to produce large-scale projects with small-scale budgets. The architect worked with a local drummer and composer to explore the relationship between music and public space, promoting people's shared interactions at the intersection of performance and environment. This resulted in the deployment three major components: a canopy of PVC piping, several small stages or seating areas and drum sets. Each drum is connected to one of the PVC tubes so that a hit on the drum is carried through the piping and emitted from the canopy above.
Following its demounting the Resonation Room has been given a second life as a donation to a local community garden, creating a place of shade and fun within the context of a shared cultural space.