Yuri Suzuki’s Playful Sonic Sculptures Grace Atlanta’s High Museum of Art
Sound doesn’t often come to mind when thinking of design. But it does for Yuri Suzuki. The Japanese electronic musician studied product design under Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art before founding Yuri Suzuki Design Studio in 2013. Among clients are Google, Panasonic, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The latter is where his Sonic Playground is on view through October 7 in the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, which has hosted similarly large-scale installations by Jaime Hayon and Esrawe + Cadena. But Suzuki’s is the first to explore audible play. Six different structures are painted saturated sunny colors, stand from 6 1/2 to 10 feet tall, and invite visitor interaction. Speaking into Parabolic, for example, sends the sound from one end of the plaza to the other, while Long Horn creates a metallic effect.