The Photo-Luminescent Sound Garden at Scottsdale Civic Center

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

No need to be alarmed by the echoing drones coming from the bell tower at the Scottsdale Civic Center -- they're just part of the latest installation.

The Photo-Luminescent Sound Garden is a creation of Todd Ingalls and Mary Neubauer. Together, they designed and installed six translucent forms that each have more than 50 layers of laser-cut material and edge glow plastic mounted on LED light tubes.

The installation is triggered by human motion, so as people walk under the tower, the forms emit glowing lights and "bell-like tones."

The two artists create an interesting dynamic in the science-meets-art vein.

Ingalls is a media composer and a faculty member at the Arizona State University School of Arts, Media and Engineering. His performances and installations are often interactive and utilize computer-generated music and sonic environments. He's currently researching gestural communication and biofeedback for rehabilitation.

Neubauer is also a faculty member at ASU; she's a part of the sculpture department where her work ranges from physical sculptures and digital prints to animations and data streams.

The Sound Garden is sponsored by the Scottsdale Public Art program and Bell'e Art Installations, which allow artists to display their work and alter the bell tower (check out previous Bell'e Art installations).

Neubauer and Ingalls' installation will be up until September 6.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.