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wrought iron railing removed during the war

railings replaced into refurb stone plinths

An interactive sound sculpture by Chilean artist Catalina Pollak uses the movements of pedestrians to evoke the ghost of lost wrought iron railings that were removed during the war from many public parks throughout London.

“Phantom Railings” is an interactive sound sculpture located in Bloomsbury Park that uses the movements of pedestrians to evoke the ghost of the lost wrought iron fencing which was removed seven decades ago.

The artist was inspired to create the garden when she realised that London is full of metal railings, but that many were removed to help the war effort.

Using sensor based acoustic devices, pedestrians can re-create the sound of a stick being hit against the metal railings and the pitch differs according to their movements.

Commenting, Phil Ball, Sales Director of metal railings and gate manufacturer Alpha Rail said, “This is a great tribute to the history and heritage of traditional wrought iron fencing. It’s a fun way to engage the public in remembering the past and the important role metal railings still play in providing safe boundaries around our public parks.”

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