The total transformation of the iconic Beech Street Tunnel
Beech Street, Barbican, London
In March 2018, Tony-Award winning design studio 59 Productions will debut their latest epic public artwork, co-produced with the Barbican. Spanning the Beech Street tunnel, this immersive audio-visual feast will, for the first time, close a central London traffic artery to place audience members inside a piece of contemporary classical music, allowing them to discover the sonic forms of a full orchestra up close and personal.
Using a specially recorded version of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane for Orchestra and Chorus, the event will showcase the diverse sounds of the BBC Symphony Orchestra using a unique sound design by fellow Tony Award-winner Gareth Fry devised to play with the acoustic reflectivity of the tunnel.
Complementing the orchestral reverberations, both walls and the ceiling of the tunnel will become projection surfaces displaying extraordinary, evolving patterns of light, working with and against the music to play with perspective and visual tone. A free event, spanning the weekend, the show will play mutiple times per evening to an audience of several thousand.
17-18 March 2018
Associate Sound Designer
the Barbican and
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus