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Olivia Block: 'Sonambient Pavilion'

  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park 201 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

Composed by Chicago artist Olivia Block and commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio, Sonambient Pavilion is a multi-channel sound installation that envelopes listeners at the pasture-like lawn of Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Sounds from two "sonambient" sound sculptures by Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) in the Aon Plaza on Randolph Street are amplified and electronically manipulated, then spatialized into the array of 50 loudspeakers above the Pavilion's lawn, creating a shifting, shimmering sonic architecture superimposed on the Pavilion's visual architecture.

November 7: 12-6pm
November 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
: 12-8pm

Meet the artist Saturdays from 12-1pm

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Chicago


Sponsors & Partners

Special thanks to Celia Bertoia, Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), and Matthew Amato.

Sonambient Pavilion is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists, and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate, and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society.

This presentation is part of Chicago Artists Month 2015, the 20th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit


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