the SOUND [from roots grew branches]

the SOUND [from roots grew branches], 2018

Mixed Media (Wood, Hardware, Fabric, Artificial Grass, mp3 player, Speakers, Cello, Soprano, Recorded Inter-generational Interviews, Voices of BINcA HS Seniors)

Movement II comprises of 5 Light/Sound Sculptural Benches made for Beau Kenyon’s 3-part project, the SOUND. Boston Public Libraries (Egleston Sq, Jamaica Plain, Uphams Corner, West Roxbury) & the Pao Art Center, Chinatown, Boston, MA The multi-media benches invites a personal listening experience that not only connects to the voices in the soundscapes but the larger community through the 5 installations throughout the city.


the SOUND gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy [BINcA] and connects them throughout the city of Boston in a series of live performances and sound installations.

Calling upon the tree as a metaphor for family and heritage and water as a symbol for migration and connection, the SOUND is encompassed by three movements: if trees were water, from roots grew branches, and of hope extending. All work together to convey a single story of hope, family, and success (past and present) from the perspective of newly immigrated young adult Bostonians.

Pieces are placed in seven neighborhoods of Boston: Back Bay, Chinatown, Dorchester, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and West Roxbury.