21 May 2013

"Salat" by Johannes Gees




Johannes Gees is a Swiss artist, who, for his work "Salat" created a public sound installation (sound bomb) for several cities and one mountain in Switzerland.


Sound bombs were made from megaphones, mp3 players, clocks and batteries. The sound  bombs were loaded with mp3 files of the muezzin's call for prayer from the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.


They were installed secretly by the artist on some of the most important church towers all over Switzerland. The call for prayer was programmed to sound at official prayer times.


What's interesting to note is the reaction of the some of the locals, who rather than running in a state of panic, seem to enjoy the change! 



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