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Joe O'Connell

completed, 2008

21" x 21" x 30"

bulletproof polycarbonate, LED lighting, touch sensitive electronics, sounds

Tucson, AZ

Commissioning Agency:
Tucson Pima Arts Council

This piece was commissioned for a troubled park where criminals shoot out the streetlights, deal drugs, and chase away the children. Joe met with members of the community as he designed the piece and visited the park many times day and night. Public Drums is a sophisticated and rugged musical instrument that glows brilliantly at night. It is designed to encourage individual performance and positive group interaction. It is clad entirely with bulletproof polycarbonate.

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Public Drums
Public Drums bring out the jamz!
Public Drums
Encourages collaboration and social interaction.
Public Drums
Rugged, strong and made to last.
Public Drums
Detail of the electronic drum head.
Public Drums
Powerfully illuminated at night.
Public Drums
Fun for all ages.