We have more info on the upcoming art installation by California sculptor Charles Long in Madison Square Park. The installation is called Pet Sounds and will be up from May 2nd through September 9th 2012, featuring a series of brightly colored amorphous pipe railings which make sounds when touched.

Long told the Conservancy ““My re-occurring interest in the uncanny over many years is in full effect here in the Pet Sounds project where something as familiar and literally grounding as a handrail morphs into an unnamable blob that has a very physical presence with some power to dialog with the viewer’s own somatic sense. As one pets the blobs, a wide range of sounds are triggered and are coming from within the bodies of the forms. The sounds and the sculptural forms connect to the physicality of the viewer and by extension to those of others that are touching the work. I wanted the work to be as visually affecting to park visitors as it is a physical and aural experience for them.”

You can see a selection of Long’s other work at http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com (521 West 21st Street). Charles Long was also part of the Whitney’s 2008 and 1997 biennials.

The sculpture is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.