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Playa to Paseo

The Playa to Paseo partnership with Burning Man Project will bring temporary, interactive artworks to public spaces throughout San Jose. Sonic Runway was the first artwork of the series.

Ursa Mater Photo

Ursa Mater

Installed in Paseo de San Antonio near the Fairmont Hotel, Ursa Mater is a 14-foot sculpture of a mother bear and cubs by the artist duo, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson. Ursa Mater's fur is made entirely out pennies, giving the bear family a soft, coppery sparkle. This artwork will be on view through May 2018.  

Sonic Runway Installation view at San Jose City Hall

Sonic Runway

The first installation in the partnership with Burning Man Project, Sonic Runway, was on view at San Jose City Hall From November 3, 2017 to March 9, 2018.

Sonic Runway is a light-art installation that visualizes the speed of sound.

Created by Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant, Sonic Runway converts audio signals into light patterns that shoot down a corridor of arches at the speed of sound.

Standing at the front of the Runway, the beats of music visually ripple away from you. Looking back from the far end, you can watch the sound coming towards you and hear the music just as the patterns reach you.

This artwork was first installed at the Burning Man event in Black Rock City in 2016.

Sonic Runway Schedule of Events:

Closing Event and Fashion Show
On Friday, March 9, the last evening of Sonic Runway was celebrated with a fashion show of top Bay Area Designers from 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm.

Experiments in Sound SeriesD

During Sonic Runway's installation at City Hall musicians activated the Runway with live performances as part of the Thursday night Experiments in Sound Series.