By Taraneh Hemami

Location: Italianate Garden

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In Persian the word yek seda means one voice or shared sound/voice. With One Voice, Hemami presents a modular sculptural installation that connects voices, and carries messages, stories, lullabies, whispers and shouts from one person to another. The decorated structures, which are basic tube-like shapes in clusters, draw inspiration from technologies like the voice pipe and speaking tubes--artifacts from an earlier communications revolution that preceded the invention of the telephone. Located in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden, Hemami’s sculpture invites visitors both to listen to one another and to make their voices heard.