Conceived to integrate art, science and music into a unified physical, visual and audio theme, the work was described by Young as 'a bold, confident statement that expresses man's faith in the future.
Young envisioned laser beams shooting into space from the Triforium, making it the world's first astronomical beacon. He also wanted to create a multi-media dialogue between people, light and sound with sensors that would transform the movement of pedestrians passing under the work into changing patterns of color and music.
However, as the initial estimated cost of the Triforium increased from approximately $250,000 to nearly $1 million, City Councilmen attacked the work as a "psychedelic nickelodeon," a "million dollar firefly," and as the "Trifoolery."
Triforium, 1975, by Joseph Young. 60'H x 16'W.
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