Beginning November 28, visitors to Downtown Greensboro will be able to experience an Urban Musical Forest as part of Downtown Greensboro, Inc.’s (DGI) Downtown in December presented by Allegacy programming.

“We truly thought outside the box for our Downtown in December experiences this year, and Sonic Forest is evidence of that,” says Zack Matheny, DGI President and CEO. “We wanted free, outdoor programming that any family would feel safe enjoying during this holiday season.”

Sonic Forest is a multi-sensory, interactive installation that is part of Christopher Janney’s “Urban Musical Instruments” series. The “Sonic Forest” is composed of 16, eight-foot tall by ten-inch diameter columns each containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors. Interacting with the electronic trees triggers a series of events – from an original score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, and spoken or whispered expressions to an ever-changing color palette of LED lights. Everyone who walks through this instrument calls up their own “musical oasis.”

The entire installation will sound the time of day each hour. A “ghost in the machine” will trigger the installation at random moments, and the installation will “play by itself’ for short intervals when no one has passed through it.

Sonic Forest will be open to visitors November 28 through December 20. The art installation will be located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at Hamburger Square and will be open daily 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. The exhibit is free to the public. While sanitization policies will be in use, a reminder to the public to wear a mask, maintain socially distancing and stay home if you’ve been feeling ill.

More information about Sonic Forest is located at

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Creator: Christopher Janney. Owner: PhenomenArts. Tour producer: Creos

A leading agency for temporary public interactive installations, Creos connects owners, creators, and distributors of public art around the world so installations can travel and shine on the international stage.

Creos offers a portfolio of very diverse installations that give visitors a unique sensory and interactive experience that changes based on the location and the users. Creos also offers expert consulting services for technology and art in public spaces, and project management services for the creation and development of participative installations.

Photo credit: Sonic Forest, a creation of Christopher Janney   ©  Régis Proulx

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