Sounds of barnyard animals, jungle roars, hissing and whistles combined with traffic noises. At intervals, on each sheet of glass, the words slowly vanished, making way for the next burst of steam and more poetry.
Eight glass panels, two feet wide and eight feet high, were installed on a public plaza for a week in winter. The interactive performance sculpture was composed of three elements: steam, sound and poetry. As pedestrians walked by the eight upright glass panels, they interrupted photo-cell beams which triggered a succession of electronically composed sounds and activated jets of steam aimed at each panel. When the steam hit the glass, it revealed a series of poems sand-blasted into the glass in block letters several inches high.