Sound sculpture broadcasts echoes of WWI

American sound artist Bill Fontana has created an installation at Imperial War Museum North to mark the centenary of World War One.

Vertical Echoes uses eight loudspeakers and vibration sensors to project the roar of a Sopwith Camel Biplane and the echoes of a field gun from the trenches. The sounds are pumped through the museum's AirShard which is a viewing platform looking out at the Manchester skyline.

Fontana's work forms part of Reactions14, a season of artistic creations marking 100 years since the start of the conflict, which also includes a performance of choreographer Russell Maliphant's work Second Breath.

The American-born artist has been creating sound sculptures for the past 30 years, using them to challenge our perceptions of everyday spaces. Fontana has also worked on sound installations involving San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Tate Modern in London.

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