Created by a team of artists, including lead artist Rob Jensen, and co-lead Warren Trezevant, and designed by Stockhausen, Sonic Runway is a light-art installation that visualizes the speed of sound. Live audio input is converted into intricate light patterns that beam through a corridor of 25 arches, stretching 432 feet at the speed of sound so that sound and lights are synchronized.
In addition to providing an engaging experience for City Hall Plaza visitors, Sonic Runway will again serve as a canvas for arts and events such as live and recorded musical performances, fashion shows, video and photography, and will appear in countless selfies.
“Walking down the Sonic runway, you build a connection with all the other people and revel in this amazing shared experience. Wherever the Sonic Runway is installed, people call it the tunnel of smiles, because everyone’s enjoying themselves so much."
As part of the new version, the artist team has developed new state-of-the-art sound-responsive light patterns. It will regularly update the lighting and sound programming, enabling ongoing new experiences for the public to enjoy. The new design includes a professional quality sound system, increasing its attractiveness to multidisciplinary artists and the general public. The new design features audio inputs at both ends of the runway, enabling artists to plug in at either end and trigger the light patterns with their music in both directions. The City of San Jose Office of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs will produce activation events throughout Sonic Runway’s installation at City Hall to showcase local creative talent and offer a unique art experience for artists and audiences.