London – Artist Yuri Suzuki is connecting London residents and visitors through an interactive public installation. The sculptural activation, Sonic Bloom, in Mayfair’s Brown Hart Gardens invites passers-by to speak into its colourful horn shapes for others to listen to from another area of the installation. It also captures surrounding sounds such as birdsong and rustling leaves.
To complement the activation, a web portal – launching as part of the London Design Festival – will transform voice recordings into floral animations that will populate a map of Mayfair. Through the multi-sensory installation, Sonic Bloom creates a sense of community in what would typically be an impersonal, busy urban space. ‘We aim to encourage connections with friends and strangers, creating serendipitous audible moments that create a sense of community, shared creative ground and sociability,’ says Yuri Suzuki.
The installation's Mayfair location also reflects the ideas we explore within Equilibrium Cities, with urban centres integrating Blended Cultural Realms to entice people back to central districts for human interactions.
Tap into emotional cues as a way of encouraging footfall in city centres. And while some audiences remain wary of physical touch, focus on sound, scent and taste as sensory cues to inform experiential spaces