San Francisco-based interactive artist George Zisiadis created an interactive public art installation for five locations in Boston. Pulse of the City turns pedestrians’ heartbeats into music.
The heart-shaped speakers are equipped with heart-rate sensors to help people playfully reconnect with the rhythm of their bodies. The installation combines art, design and technology to promote the use and celebration of public space in an uplifting and imaginative way.
Pulse of the City treats heartbeats as creative expression of life rather than beeps and numbers. It wirelessly uploads its history of interactions, giving city officials an understanding of how people engage with placemaking initiatives.
Pulse of the City was first conceived in October 2012 as part of San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival and Boston city officials saw the potential of using it to liven up their streets. The public’s response has been enthusiastic, with over 1,000 interactions recorded in the first weekend. You can check out the public art installation in the video below: