Bus shelter, loud speaker, laminated print, sticker, LED, solar collector, battery, 59 mp3 songs, Arduino, musicshield, i2c displaye, circuit board
St.Open #3, co-work with Thomas Garvie
Being transformed into an interactive jukebox, the bus shelter at the Theodor-Heuss-Ring is both an installation and an active stage. Passing pedestrians can select and play songs from of a list. The songs “Best of Theo’s Top 59 Vol.1” are a selection of favourite songs from citizens who were interviewed on the adjacent Ebertplatz and Theodor-Heuss-Park. Music is communicational. The work offers a new space in a park that is haunted by its bad reputation, as a place known for ducks, drug dealers, junkies and prostitutes. Instead, a point of interest for interaction, dance and to linger evolved. The Cologne Ebertplatz is a main traffic junction close to the main train station. The area of the Theodor-Heuss-Park was once an alternative harbour (1813), followed by a lavish designed park (1881), which mainly vanished after the destruction of Cologne in 1945 and the consequent reconstruction in favour of public transport and traffic.