Adjacent to the Walnut street entrance to 21c is Austrian artist Werner Reiterer's enormous, ornate, brass chandelier, which illuminates and animates the surrounding streetscape. Hanging from the straight right angle of its clean, white scaffold, Reiterer's sculptural confection recalls the chandeliers that adorned old-world ballrooms hundreds of years agoâ€”now installed on a 21st century streetcorner, disrupting expectations of what belongs where, and to whom, an interior treasure transformed into public monument. Reiterer'svchandelier engages viewers inside as well: when visitors press a bell in the reception lobby, the sculptureâ€™s audio component is activated, and the sound of breathingâ€”distinctively human breathingâ€”emanates from the chandelierâ€™s speakers. A light sensor on the chandelier determines the auditory quality of the breathing: during the day, the sound is that of air inhaled; at night, breath being released, and the chandelier's lights flicker on and off.
609 Walnut St.