Sample Philly is an interactive sculpture in Franklin Square that functions as a programmable drum machine and loop station which contains a sound bank of musical loops drawn from Philadelphia’s rich musical history. Franklin Square has been developed in recent years as an “amusement oasis” with attractions geared toward family entertainment. This monument will not only fulfill this agenda, but also serve as a gateway for children of Philadelphia to become acquainted with the city’s musical history. It will provide an outlet for musical creativity in a time when art education has been cut back in Philadelphia and tools of musical expression are inaccessible to many children in the city. Because the monument is interactive, it can also function as a centerpiece for performance events in the city as well as an archive of the musical experiments created by a future generation of Philadelphia artists. Artist Kara Crombie has been working with teenagers at The Advocate Center for Culture and Education for a year, to record and produce their own music. One of the key elements of the project has been to give marginalized kids in Philly access to music production tools, which Crombie has been doing in these workshops.
About Monument Lab
Nine weeks, 10 sites, 21 artists, and one central question: What is your vision for a monument that represents Philadelphia? Monument Lab is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum that invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.