Photos: Storm's A Brewin' Inside The Disney Concert Hall With The New 'Nimbus' Installation
Now, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, we're invited to experience another installation that gives us a sensation of moving through the air. "Nimbus," which opened to the public last Saturday, comprises of six realistic (and ominous-looking) clouds that are suspended over the escalators that take visitors from the parking garage into the music hall.
The installation goes beyond its visual aesthetics. Installed inside the clouds are a system of lights and speakers. Using the light fixtures, the clouds change color throughout the day. And the speakers (there are 32 of them among the six clouds) emit different modes of music. Sometimes, xylophones will mimic the sound of rainfall. "There's another piece that sounds as if you're putting your head inside of a piano with the notes coming at you from all sides," Rand Steiger, who was commissioned to do the music for "Nimbus," told the L.A. Times.
All this is done to turn "Nimbus" into a "timepiece," according to the L.A. Philharmonic's website. The installation isn't just pretty to look it, it also draws our awareness to the passing of the day as it changes colors and sounds. "The hall doesn't have a clock, so this installation can act like one, and the sound can organize the time and change throughout the year that it's up," Yuval Sharon told the Times.
Sharon, who's just started a three-year residency as the philharmonic's artist-collaborator, is the mastermind behind the piece. He's also the artistic director behind The Industry, a L.A.-based opera company that plants itself out in left field. Among the Industry's most ambitious project was 2015's "Hopscotch," an opera that spanned the city (from the Bradbury Building to the L.A. River) that was streamed to audiences.
Sharon brought in Steiger to do the music, according to KCRW. He also tapped Patrick Shearn to help construct the clouds. Shearns was responsible for the aforementioned "Liquid Shard" that took over Pershing Square this summer.
If you're looking for a prime time to experience "Nimbus," you might want to consider a visit this late October. On October 29 (during this year’s Grand Avenue Arts: All Access) members from The Industry will be going up and down on the escalators, singing to whoever happens to be passing along.
Check out more visuals of this indoor atmospheric phenomenon:
And here's what it's like to work inside a "Nimbus" cloud: