Celebrating Nature: the Landscape Underground (2000)

January 2000 - Present
Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Commissioned by City of Albuquerque Public Art Program

A collaboration with visual artist Barbara Grothus, this is a permanent neon light and sound installation in a pedestrian tunnel joining the Albuquerque Convention Center and the underground parking garage beneath Civic Plaza (seen in the 2009 film Crazy Heart). The neon lights are based on abstract line drawings of natural forms: mountains, trees, birds, etc. Ten channels of sound are placed throughout the length of the tunnel, which is situated East-West. The environmental field recordings were all made by myself in north-central New Mexico, and correspond to different times of day, beginning with a dawn chorus at the east end of the tunnel and midnight crickets at the west end, and a flowing stream in the center. Those sounds are all continuous, while others appear more randomly. Some of them pan between speakers, suggesting movement through the tunnel. [NOTE: the sound system is currently non-functional, and the City has declined to repair it for the time being due to "budget restrictions."]