The 99-musician piece by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams,
performed at Pittsburgh's beautiful Lake Elizabeth Park (map)
Inuksuit is meant to be played by nine to 99 players dispersed in a large outdoor area, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, air raid sirens, gongs, bells, shakers, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. It is the ultimate environmental piece, designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day and to energize our experience of our own environment.
Inuksuit is a temporary alternate reality; it is a ceremony that incites the simultaneous mindful experience of performers and audience; it is an occasion to focus the efforts of an entire community toward a seemingly insurmountable goal. The job of making Inuksuit happen invites collaboration among actors from all corners of a community — performers, stewards of green spaces, institutional leaders, and students — in the creation of a shared moment that changes the history of a person’s relationship to his environment.
The work has been performed around the world — in Melbourne, , Toronto, Chicago, Berkeley, Lisbon, the Hague, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was recognized among the most memorable performances of 2011 in New York City by the New Yorker, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.
Inuksuit Pittsburgh happens at Lake Elizabeth, in Allegheny Commons West (map). A beautiful location in Pittsburgh's oldest park (dating to 1867), with a view that features the skyline of Pittsburgh's downtown.