In “Tears Become….Streams Become…", visual artist Douglas Gordon collaborated with pianist Hélène Grimaud in creating a site specific recital hall, which turned the Wade Thompson Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory into a pool the size of a city block. This was an engineering challenge, but also a logistical one. Due to the large surface area of the shallow pool, evaporation threatened to create ruinously humid conditions in the Hall, which in turn threatened to compromise the Steinway piano used in the performance. The technical staff at the Armory overcame these difficulties with the help of a team of engineers.
Our challenge was to work in conjunction with lighting designer Brian Scott, who artfully created the signature visual effect of the piece, which entailed lighting the ceiling of the drill hall in such a way as to use the pool create the illusion of a cylindrical space, of gargantuan proportions.
Park Avenue Armory
Designed by Douglas Gordon and Hélène Grimaud. Lighting Design by Brian Scott
Lighting and Sound installed by The Lighting Syndicate