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ARENA sound sculpture features 320 recycled loudspeakers

People can play their favourite tunes via Bluetooth on the massive interactive installation in front of City Hall
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ARENA, a mobile art installation by Berlin-based artist Benoît Maubrey, is set up in Market Square until mid-March. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Market Square could be a little louder than usual for the next few weeks thanks to 320 recycled loudspeakers.

Those loudspeakers, which are all connected, make up ARENA Sound Sculpture, a mobile art installation by Berlin-based artist Benoît Maubrey.

The display is under the City Hall overhang in Market Square until March 14.

Hillside Inside and the Downtown Guelph Business Association brought the installation to town with the help of financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

According to Hillside Inside, the sculpture "can function both as a mobile “Speakers Corner“ — a “hotspot“ for local participation and self-expression but also as a stage for small events and concerts." 
People are invited to interact with the sculpture by relaying songs and messages via Bluetooth or by calling it from your smartphone.

See onsite signs for details. (5 p.m. to 10pm weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.