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Music Go-Round, The Lithophone Fence

Tom Kaufmann's avatar Tom Kaufmann

For his third ArtPrize entry, Traverse City pianist Tom Kaufmann has again created an interactive musical sculpture, dedicated to the promotion of Early Childhood Music Education. Visitors to the "Music Go-Round, The Lithophone Fence" can play the pickets of a circular fence, which are made from scrap granite counter top, with mallets made from recycled golf balls. As they walk around the circle, they play the round, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". By starting a new player every two measures, the harmonies of the round will be heard. There will be visitors who won't play the song "as written" but may choose instead to create their own song, by playing the pickets out of order or backwards, fostering interaction and learning. The combination of music and movement has proven to provide a powerful learning experience. This is the first "playable stone fence" piece that Tom has built, and as far as he can determine, the only one of its kind in the world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 8 feet
  • Medium: Metal, Granite Golf Balls
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 4 feet