Kendall Square is the stop on the MTA closest to M.I.T. I saw this Chime machine on a trip with Jacob to the Boston Anime Festival.
First you pull on a handle:
|Note the engraving “Kendall Band – Pythagoras” – Math is everywhere!|
|View onto the tracks – the Chimes sit between the outbound and inbound trains|
As you pull/push the handle, the hammers swing back and forth and hit the chime pipes – making a calming pleasant sound. People look up and smile. Sometimes someone goes to the handle on the other side of the tracks and begins a duet with you!
|Little boys ran over to pull the handle when they saw how much fun we were having!|
|Pulling hard doesn’t hurt the chimes or make it sound bad! Great design!|
Jacob told me the MTA had put out an e-mail appeal to MIT for help fixing the Chimes. Students fixed it! (see also http://kendallband.wordpress.com/about/the-kendall-band/) I also only saw the Pythagoras part of the installation – there is also a Kepler part and a Galileo part. I guess I’ll have to see them when I return.
Here is a movie of the Chimes taken with my camera. Enjoy!
There are also videos on the Wiki page for the Kendall Band – originally designed and constructed by Paul Matisse, son of Henri Matisse. Excellent work Paul – glad the students could take over care and repair.
There is so much public art in the US, and so little in China. I wish for more public art in China – and more appreciation of public art in the US.