The twin towers of City National Plaza are not unlike many other skyscrapers in Downtown Los Angeles. Sure, they were once the tallest in the city, but they could only hold onto that title for a year. Now, aside from a respectable underground food court, the towers lack the panache to set themselves apart from the LA skyscraper pack. But luckily for this downtrodden building, a local artist will give the towers a chance to be reborn for one night only as something greater, a 700-foot harp.
Musician William Close will transform one of the 52-story towers into his patented "Earth Harp" for two free concerts on December 10 as part of Downtown's Art Walk and Vision LA. Between 24 and 36 strings will run from the stage to the top of the tower, allowing Close to literally play the City National Tower as a harp.
Close says he's inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote, "architecture is frozen music," and so he makes a living turning said architecture into giant instruments. This will be both a homecoming and an unprecedented event for the LA native—he has strung up buildings all over the world, but this will be the first crack at turning an LA structure into an instrument. In a press release, he says of the upcoming City National Tower harp, "When I play it, it will be as though I am playing the sky."
Besides the ostentatious sky-playing, Close will be joined by the several other musicians who make up his Earth Harp Collective. They will be operating some of Close's other large scale instrument doodads, like the "big/orchestral drum sculptures," "drum percussion jacket" and "aquatar."
· WORLD'S LONGEST STRINGED INSTRUMENT, THE EARTH HARP, TO DEBUT HISTORICAL INSTALLATION AT LOS ANGELES CITY NATIONAL PLAZA ON DEC 10TH FOR PUBLIC ART WALK CONCERT [Press Release]
· Downtown Art Walk [Official Site]
· Vision LA [Official Site]