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Circling, 2005

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DESCRIPTION: An interactive sculpture located at the south side of Terminal D, this work consists of a labyrinthine pattern on the floor in colored terrazzo and curved glass walls interspersed with bursts of sound along the paths.

"My thought was to create a game of some sort; a soothing quiet, contemplative game. I then considered labyrinths and their historical significance; they are used as walking for exercise, walking to rest, as in a calming meditation effect.

"As a result, my concept is to create a 21st century labyrinthine-like environment, a game, using similar elements as in my other interactive sound/light environments. Also, to give it a character of its own and allow a person to step out of the airport environment, I proposed to create walls of transparent colored glass; four concentric circles within a 32-foot diameter space. It would be composed of four sections of concentric circles made up of a different colored glass or different heights. From the upper levels, this concentric form will be apparent, while at ground level, it will appear more as a maze, a series of veils.

"As an artist, it is my concern that public spaces not only have a unique sense of place, but also are places of creative rest — not only visually interesting but physically engaging to pass the long hours waiting. To that end, this conceptual proposal attempts to make people both aware of the scale and beauty of this grand space while, at the same time, develop a sense of ownership, a sense of it being their place through creative play with interactive systems."

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1950. Christopher Janney received a BA from Princeton University in 1973 and an MS in Environmental Art from MIT in 1978. Janney also studied architecture with Michael Graves, sculpture with James Seawright, and percussion with Joe Cusatis in New York. Since 1978, the artist has developed his own multimedia studio, PhenomenArts Inc., while continuing his affiliation with MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Janney toured the United States and Europe creating interactive sound/architecture installations from the Piazza di Spagna in Rome to the subways of Boston and Paris, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Janney currently resides in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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