Solar Sun Boxes to sing soothing sounds in Boston

Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, pedestrians passing through a few Boston public spaces will find themselves in the midst of solar-powered celestial sounds.

Sun boxes on a beach. Photo: Craig Colorusso. Sun boxes on a beach. Photo: Craig Colorusso.

 

Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, pedestrians passing through a few Boston public spaces will find themselves in the midst of solar-powered celestial sounds.

 

 

Twenty Sun Boxes will be placed at Copley Square on Thursday, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Each box plays a different looped guitar note continuously and collectively they play a B-Flat chord.

 

Arkansas-based sound artist Craig Colorusso, who created the boxes in 2009 before a trip to a sun-soaked Nevada dessert, said the sounds emitted by the boxes tend to relax visitors.

"No one ever leaves more stressed out than when they get there – there's a soothing quality," said Colorusso, a former Hingham resident. "The great thing about [the installation] is that you're a part of it. You decide how far you want to go."

Colorusso has traveled across the country with his installation, which has been temporarily placed in 18 states and 35 cities in a variety of settings such as state parks, universities, museums, and festivals.

"Boston’s attention to and evolving interest in public art and the variety of welcoming public spaces is what makes this city the ideal location for this work," a city spokeswoman said in a press release.

The Sun Boxes will be on display between 10:30 a.m. and sundown at Copley Square Thursday, at Dewey Square on Friday, at Boston Common on Saturday and in front of The Children's Museum on Sunday.

"Boston is such a green city and has all these beautiful parks, I think it's a great fit," said Colorusso.

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