Have you given up attempting to spin the monolithic Alamo cube in Astor Place? Give those bruised shoulders a break and check out a temporary musical instrument that's as easy to learn as riding a bike. The Cyclo-Phone is part of the New York's Summer Streets program and will be activated on August 11th and 18th between 7am and 1pm. The Cyclo-Phone is a bicycle-powered musical instrument, in which the kiddie pools with protruding PVC pipes are hooked up to a bicycle's drive mechanism, and powered by hopping on the stationary bicycle and pedaling away. The installation is the work of architect Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, who previously collaborated on a glowing stringed instrument constructed inside a shipping container called 'cargoguitar' and stereotank, another large stringed instrument made out of water tanks.
This is not Ertorteguy and Valente's first work in NYC streets. They're partially responsible for the installation of the benches that rotate 360 degrees on a tire found along the Allen Street pedestrian mall.
· Cargoguitar [designboom]
· Stereotank [designboom]
· Art Exhibition Helps Enliven Allen Street Pedestrian Malls [LoDown]
· Summer Streets coverage [Curbed]