Say “Hurrah!” to Polish – US relations in Washington D.C.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Tuesday, September 1, 2020
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Murrow Park (Penn Ave between 18th and 19th Streets)
The exhibition will be on view till September 2020
The Polish Cultural Institute, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., Pratt Institute and the Golden Triangle BID invite you to join us Thursday, September 19 for the opening of urban musical instrument Hurrah! at one of the iconic Pennsylvania Avenue’s parks, a Murrow Park. Hurrah! will be on view until September 2020.
Hurrah! is a unique interactive project conceived this Spring for this year's Design Pavilion in Times Square during NYCxDesign that is going to be displayed in Murrow Park, one of the iconic Pennsylvania Avenue ‘s parks. The project was created to mark this year's 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and the United States. Its purpose is to show the relationship between these two countries on both the human and the artistic levels and to inspire acts of collaborative creation by emphasizing Polish-American friendship.
To celebrate this special occasion, a team of Industrial Design students and faculty from Pratt Institute and the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts, in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., created an art object that embodies the values and ideas of friendship and joy.
Hurrah! is a musical instrument designed for public spaces that passersby can play and interact with. The installation takes the form of a large-scale xylophone composed of vertical tubes.
Alluding to both the Polish forest and to New York skyscrapers, the vertical tubes allow the participant to feel enclosed within a space, yet still connected to the wider landscape. The structure encourages the player to enact circular movements reminiscent of traditional Polish circle dances, creating a literal and metaphorical link between participants. When tapped consecutively with a drumstick, the instrument plays the Polish birthday and anniversary song “Sto Lat.”
The tune, well known to every Pole and even some Americans, recalls universal themes of fun and the joy of togetherness. Come play your “Sto lat" to Polish-American Friendship!
A must see, hear and play -- Hurrah! in Washington D.C.
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