To The River is a summer-long sculpture, sound art, and music residency at Portland’s Zidell Yards.
The project site runs for 300 yards from the base of the Oregon Health Sciences University tram to the Willamette River across a former barge-building platform. The sculptural architecture is a matrix of waveforms constructed from long mill-salvaged wood ribs banded together with cast-off bicycle innertubes through which audiences journey to the river. The immersive walk is accompanied by wind-activated sound production and culminates in a sculptural sound theater on the promontory overlooking the river. That elliptical seating setting is constructed from salvaged wood that is activated electronically to produce 16 channels of designed sound. The sculptural setting will play host to musical performance works throughout the residency’s public run.
AUXART is a program of the Charitable Partnership Fund, an Oregon public charity.