In March 2018, 59 Productions debuted their latest epic public artwork, co-produced with the Barbican. Spanning the Beech Street tunnel, this immersive audio-visual feast closed 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 showcased the diverse sounds of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus 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 became 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 played multiple times throughout the day and evening to an audience of several thousand.