Bill Fontana | the artist
The artist Bill Fontana
Born April 25, 1947, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Lives and works in San Francisco, .
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I have worked for the past 30 years creating installations that use sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural settings. These have been installed in public spaces and museums around the world including San Francisco, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Venice, Sydney and Tokyo…
The noise created by pedestrians passing overhead, the wind, bicycles and the architectural elements which make up the bridge have been transformed into a sound installation which can be heard simultaneously in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and also at Southwark Underground station…
In 1987 the first satellite bridge in the history of radio was produced with two sound sculptures: Soundbridge Köln – San Francisco…
According to Fontana, the sound beams bring an element of mystery into the work. "There’s something almost unimaginable about the idea," he says. "Who would put speakers like this up on the rooftops around the park? The possibility doesn’t exist in the world of most people’s imaginations."