Virga: the Sound Performance
Denver Public Art 1%
Marold worked closely with intermedia artist Morton Waller to create a composition specifically for the Delgany Pedestrian Bridge in response to Marold’s sculpture "Virga." Promotion about the event was left quite vague: "The event will begin shortly after sunset, producing a brief interruption of light and sound." The roughly 200 attendees could not have anticipated being greeted by 12 bagpipers and 2 drummers, performing as silhouettes stationed in front of glaring, vertical lights.
Referencing the daily chromatic transition of the sculpture, "Virga: the Sound Performance" was comprised of harmonics that can only be attained by reaching the space between a sharp and the next note's flat, perpetually fluctuating in and out of dissonance. The bagpipers played these droning sounds for 10-15 minutes before disappearing into the night from which they emerged. Spectators were then invited to join the artist (Marold), the composer (Waller), and the project manager (Rudi Cerri) for a discussion about the performance and its role in the world of public art.