Harmonic Convergence by Christopher Janney

Art Artwork from United States. Published by Art.Base on Monday 19 August 2013.

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Year: 2011

The work of American sound architect christopher janney, 'harmonic convergence' was an interactive sound and light installation, constructed within the pedestrian walkway of the Miami international airport in Florida.

The work was on the passenger connector between the North Tripod and the South Tripod of the pedestrian walkways. This existing passenger connector is the new entrance to the airport from the “MIA MOVER” APM System connecting the airport to a new rental car terminal. Not only is this particular crosswalk an ideal pedestrian-scaled space, but it serves the ceremonial entrance into and out of the airport proper. To that end, this space “announces” the entrance to the larger airport arrival/departure environment.

SHADING LOUVERS- Janney removed the shading louvers from the west side, making the view into and through them transparent. This was in an effort to “open up” and humanize the appearance of this transition space. The east side abuts the new MIA Mover building.

EXTERIOR GLASS- He then replaced the existing glass on the west side with a diagonal pattern of colored glass. The pattern of glass is composed of colors similar to the original color sequence of “Harmonic Runway.” The color pattern of the glass will mimic the existing “X-bracing” 45 degree-angle pattern on the crosswalk, with color diamonds in a 24″ x 24″size. He specified the VANCEVA system which is the most superior color–glass system on the market today. Similar to the original “Harmonic Runeway” installation, he utilized colors and laminated glass that act as a shading factor to meet or exceed the required heat loads for the space.

ALTERATIONS WITHIN THE EXISTING SPACE- A number of the crosswalks had an existing “X-brace” system along the interior edges- a very strong visual element. To that end, he would propose painting this X-Bracing and any related structure in the proposed space a satin white or off-white to catch the shadows of the colored glass as the light pours in.

SOUND ENVIRONMENT- Within these walkways, Janney created a multi-speaker sound-score. With speakers placed at regular intervals, it was possible to create a series of ever-changing “sound images” as people moved through the space. Drawing on the sounds of South Florida, the sound-score elicits tropical birds, distant thunder storms, sounds of the Everglades and other natural environments indigenous to the area, creating a “sonic portrait” of South Florida.