Axon Xylophone Bridge

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This art installation will transform the pedestrian skywalk over Ninth Street, just east of Welburn Square, into an artistic interpretation of a nerve signal traveling along the axon of a neuron.

The interior of the walkway will become illuminated with bands of LED lights. When a person walks through the skywalk he or she will trigger a sensor causing a band to light up. As the person moves along the walkway the band will turn off and on in a cascading pattern, with only one band lit per person at any given time. In addition, a soft bell sound will be triggered and reverberate for a few seconds each time a person passes through the walkway. The notes played will change with every additional person in the walkway thus creating a symphony of color and sound.

This interactive art piece will encourage each of us to imagine ourselves as part of a larger neural network — the network of ideas and innovation that Ballston is known for — and will engage everyone who walks through the skywalk in a playful and scientific way.

Materials: 
LED light strips, speakers, sensors, processors, connection cables
Dates: 
November 2014- Summer 2015
Location: 
9th Street Pedestrian Bridge (East of N. Stuart Street)
Amy Hughes Braden

Trained at Corcoran College of Art & Design, Amy Hughes Braden makes work in the two dimensional realm, primarily in acrylic paintings, graphite drawings and collage. Her work has been exhibited at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Civilian Art Projects, Project 4 Gallery, Artisphere, The Athenaeum, Hillyer Art Space, DC Arts Center and in various DIY exhibits in the DC area. She is a member of the Flat File program at Transformer, the art subscription service, Project Dispatch and the artist’s collective Sparkplug, a facet of DC Arts Center. Alongside her solo career, Braden also makes collaborative work, usually in the form of installations with local artists Alex Braden, Zaki Ghul, and Yassine El Mansouri. 

Alex Braden

Alex Braden is a straight white male sound artist, musician, and composer from Arlington, VA. His compositions typically incorporate a healthy blend of musical elements, ambient field recordings, and heavily manipulated found sound. Alex's installations use myriad sound sources to create sonic environments in an attempt to either isolate the individual or to unite an audience. Since graduating with a BFA in Sound Art from George Mason University in 2012 he has performed across the country with Bella Russia, as well as installing locally at Delicious Spectacle, Transformer, (E)merge Art Fair, EMP Collective, and Artisphere. In 2014 he'll be the recipient of the Arlington County Spotlight Artist Grant as well an invited participant in Transformer's annual Exercises program.

Zaki Ghul

Zaki Ghul is a Jordanian Belorussian American conceptual and mixed-media artist. Since receiving his BFA from George Mason University in 2013 he has exhibited in galleries around the Washington D.C. area. By day he works as a senior graphic designer for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Yassine El Mansouri

Yassine El Mansouri is a professional videographer/photographer whose clients include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Museum of Women in the arts. Yassine's independent work is often atmospheric and moody and has been shown in several galleries in the D.C. area, New York, Spain, and Morocco, as well as being featured regularly in Washingtonian magazine and Washington Life Magazine.

Partners: 
Dweck Properties Ltd
Gates Hudson & Associates, Inc.

Axon Xylophone Bridge

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This art installation will transform the pedestrian skywalk over Ninth Street, just east of Welburn Square, into an artistic interpretation of a nerve signal traveling along the axon of a neuron.

The interior of the walkway will become illuminated with bands of LED lights. When a person walks through the skywalk he or she will trigger a sensor causing a band to light up. As the person moves along the walkway the band will turn off and on in a cascading pattern, with only one band lit per person at any given time. In addition, a soft bell sound will be triggered and reverberate for a few seconds each time a person passes through the walkway. The notes played will change with every additional person in the walkway thus creating a symphony of color and sound.

This interactive art piece will encourage each of us to imagine ourselves as part of a larger neural network — the network of ideas and innovation that Ballston is known for — and will engage everyone who walks through the skywalk in a playful and scientific way.

Information:

Materials: LED light strips, speakers, sensors, processors, connection cables

Dates: November 2014- Summer 2015

Location: 9th Street Pedestrian Bridge (East of N. Stuart Street)

Sponsors and Partners:

Partners: Dweck Properties Ltd, Gates Hudson & Associates, Inc.

Meet the Artists:

Amy Hughes Braden

Trained at Corcoran College of Art & Design, Amy Hughes Braden makes work in the two dimensional realm, primarily in acrylic paintings, graphite drawings and collage. Her work has been exhibited at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Civilian Art Projects, Project 4 Gallery, Artisphere, The Athenaeum, Hillyer Art Space, DC Arts Center and in various DIY exhibits in the DC area. She is a member of the Flat File program at Transformer, the art subscription service, Project Dispatch and the artist’s collective Sparkplug, a facet of DC Arts Center. Alongside her solo career, Braden also makes collaborative work, usually in the form of installations with local artists Alex Braden, Zaki Ghul, and Yassine El Mansouri. 

Alex Braden

Alex Braden is a straight white male sound artist, musician, and composer from Arlington, VA. His compositions typically incorporate a healthy blend of musical elements, ambient field recordings, and heavily manipulated found sound. Alex's installations use myriad sound sources to create sonic environments in an attempt to either isolate the individual or to unite an audience. Since graduating with a BFA in Sound Art from George Mason University in 2012 he has performed across the country with Bella Russia, as well as installing locally at Delicious Spectacle, Transformer, (E)merge Art Fair, EMP Collective, and Artisphere. In 2014 he'll be the recipient of the Arlington County Spotlight Artist Grant as well an invited participant in Transformer's annual Exercises program.

Zaki Ghul

Zaki Ghul is a Jordanian Belorussian American conceptual and mixed-media artist. Since receiving his BFA from George Mason University in 2013 he has exhibited in galleries around the Washington D.C. area. By day he works as a senior graphic designer for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Yassine El Mansouri

Yassine El Mansouri is a professional videographer/photographer whose clients include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Museum of Women in the arts. Yassine's independent work is often atmospheric and moody and has been shown in several galleries in the D.C. area, New York, Spain, and Morocco, as well as being featured regularly in Washingtonian magazine and Washington Life Magazine.