Musical Pedals is a modular kinetic sculpture that allows people to create collaborative pedal-powered music. Avio Collective & Shape UP SF designed a modular, human-powered kinetic sculpture that allows participants to work together to create a musical piece. The concept includes six freestanding sculptures in the shape of musical notes to be installed in San Francisco's UN Plaza. Each sculpture has a set of pedals that power the internal workings of a pipe organ. While pedaling, participants can "play" the sculpture as a set of musical notes, interacting with those around them to create a layer of playful music in community public spaces. The sculptures encourage & promote physical activity & exercise, outdoor play, creative expression, & social collaboration in a format that is accessible to everyone -- of all ages, backgrounds & skill levels.
Six unique sculptures come together to create a concert of 18 notes. This year long installation will encourage participants to collaborate & work together in order to play a coherent, melodic piece of music. The more people powering the saddles at one time, the richer & more complex the harmonies of the song will be.
A unique feature of our installation is that it does not require an external source of power, & it can be enjoyed during the day & night. All the energy needed to create the tones & power the installation is created by the participants.
It is our goal to use this creative opportunity to spread our cause far & wide & for the local community to embrace it as a source for fun, physical exercise, creative expression & social interaction. We also hope that it will be recognized & celebrated as a fruit of their labor. We have partnered with the YMCA summer program & the De Marillac Academy to host a concert series that occurs monthly whereby students will be using this piece with the accompaniment of traditional instruments to perform for the public.
Avio Collective is working with ShapeUp SF to offer a fun and interactive alternative to exercise. The Tenderloin area has the highest density per capita of families in SF and yet there are few public spaces for them to enjoy. Our kinetic powered musical instrument is a fun piece for all ages and will transform the site into a space where local habitants can enjoy.
This project came into existence March of this year and it has the support of a lot of local non-profits including the YMCA, the De Marillac Academy, Mercy housing and corporate interest such as Kaiser Permenete, Dignity Health and the National Kindney Foundation. The original proposal included workshops and performances by the kids of the De Marillac Academy.
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