‘Dive’, Park Avenue Tunnel, Manhattan, NYC

Park Avenue Tunnel Sound Installation, Dive by Jana Winderen, with surround sound by Tony Myatt. Commissioned by New York Department of Transportation, NYCDOT.

2nd, 9th and 16th August 2014

As part of Summer Streets 2014, the Park Avenue Tunnel, running from 33rd Street to 40th Street, will be accessible to pedestrians from the 33rd Street entrance between the hours of 7am and 1pm with a new sound installation.

Jana Winderen has created a 7-block long immersive sound installation within the Park Avenue Tunnel. She produced this soundscape using sounds recorded from shallow to deep underwater environments found in many countries, from Greenland to Thailand and elsewhere. The sound compositions are engineered from her recordings of sounds made by crustaceans, fish and mammals that are normally undetected by the human ear but are captured by sensitive hydrophones. Together with Professor Tony Myatt who designed and programmed the audio system to play the work in 3D spatial sound, Jana Winderen creates a lively environment by producing sound pockets of different habitats , which the public will experience as they ‘dive’ further into the tunnel. Through the use of cool blue lighting and the sounds of various underwater creatures, the installation aims to create the feeling of 'diving' into the ocean.

Thanks to Tony Myatt, World Stage, Shaun Trotter, Emily Colasacco (NYDOT), New York Department of Transportation and Office of Contemporary Art Norway.

Cave’s Eye by Jose Alejandro Alvarez

First instalment of Dive, 2nd August

World Stage Warehouse, preparing the installation

Test installation of Dive, 25th July