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If you haven't been to The Getty Museum in a while, now may be the time to plan another visit. L.A.-based contemporary artist, Tim Hawkinson, has been showcasing his latest work, Zoopsia (Visual hallucinations of animals) which will be on display until Sept. 9th. The exhibit is anchored by the gargantuan installation of Hawkinson's Uberorgan. Don't confuse this towering work of art for Stephen Baldwin's kidney, built with giant biomorphic balloons and tentacle-like horns that angle toward the central rotunda of the museum's Entrance Hall, this is a musical instrument. The Uberorgan has a 250-foot long scroll that is deciphered by switches in a player and creates a slow symphony that sounds like a belching elephant bellowing in various octaves. Looking more like a giant octopus made up of hot air balloons, this three story tall bagpipe can produce various compositions. The five minute performance occurs every five minutes every hour on the hour. This is the first time that the Uberorgan has been shown in the West Coast.

Photo by Ryan Jesena.