Standing Wave

Artwalk on North Canal sports several political works that also highlight the importance of site specificity in public art. Ian (sic) White’s aural sculpture, Standing Wave, is inseparably site- and environment-specific: solar-powered solenoids, mounted onto the braces above a rusty, unused railroad bridge, tap the beams at different speeds and with different strengths, depending on the weather. We’re ensconced in a chittering, mechanical forest, at times soothing and unnerving. By creating no object and thereby requiring us to experience the piece firsthand, the artist admirably strives to create the most public of art, that which cannot be commodified.

–Brett M. Rhyne, Boston’s Weekly Dig, 9/13/02