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NOW Art LA partners with members of the Triforium project, Tom Carroll, Jona Bechtolt, Claire Evans, and Tanner Blackman, as seen in the photo posing with Joseph L. Young’s Triforium a “polyphonoptic” public sculpture in downtown Los Angeles. For 40 years Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens of brilliant, larger-than-life artworks.

The space-age-looking pointy edifice that stands six stories tall and is covered with 1,494 colorful lights that once blinked in time to music blasted from its four gigantic speakers was mocked from the day it made its feedback-ridden, embarrassingly screechy 1975 debut.

But that’s because Young’s vision was about a half-century ahead of its time, Tom Carroll, host of the popular local web show “Tom Explores Los Angeles,” told The Associated Press as he stood under the structure last week. Young had, after all, wanted it to eventually contain lasers ricocheting light off surrounding buildings as ground sensors triggered music created by passers-by, said his daughter Cecily Young.“What we want to do is replace the computer system entirely with something that is network simple, easy to update, open-sourced and remotely accessible so that we can turn the instrument into something genuinely interactive for residents of the 21st century,” said musician Claire Evans, who along with Carroll, urban planner Tanner Blackman and Jona Bechtolt, her bandmate in the pop-dance group YACHT, co-founded the Triforium Project.

  • Category: Multimedia
  • Client: LA 5050 Grant
  • Installed: 1975
  • Artist: Joseph L. Young

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