Across the Festival Grounds of City Park, Voodoo hosts interactive and immersive large-scale art installations. It’s a living and breathing landscape envisioned by some of the world’s most innovative talents, beckoning for you to take a moment and worship the arts.
“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”
The Passage by Stefan Beese is a 16-foot-tall metal sculpture installed in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, welcoming visitors into City Park and announcing the threshold into festival grounds. It sets the mood for the festival and underscores the beginning of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.
Cone V2 is an interactive pavillion by two German architects and designers, Manuel Kretzer and Hans Sachs of Responsive Design Studio. The acrylic tube structure lit with LEDs is fixed to a turntable allowing visitors to interact with the sculpture by spinning it.
Face Forward by Christian Ristow is a large metal representation of a human face in which each of the major facial muscles convey fragments of facial expression. Festival goers are able to operate a series of levers 30 feet in front of the face in order to manipulate its facial expressions.
Inspired by the yearly migrations of the tarantulas of the desert, Southwest artist Christina Sporang’s steel TaranTula appears to walk among the festival crowds. Standing dynamically at 18 feet, her eight legs are perforated like a dried saguaro cactus and filled with an array of LED’s that respond in bright colors to sound. She has a web that can be climbed to hover within the abdomen of this giant arachnid.
Fledgling by Christian Ristow is a large mechanical bird powered by a single human operator. One person at a time climbs a staircase up the tail feathers into the ribcage, where they sit in a seat and pedal bicycle cranks. The operator sets in motion the intricate arrangement of chains, sprockets, gears, and cranks surrounding them, which powers the wings to function much as a real birds wings do.