“Pulse of the City” Public Art Installation

There is plenty of room for innovation in city government, and we showed that when Mayor Menino unveiled “Pulse of the City.”

The public art installation creates music based on the heartbeats of the people who approach it and interact with it. It’s really unique, and it was unveiled by designer George Zisiadis at the Urban Prototyping Conference in 2012, Boston jumped at the chance to be the first city to host it.

Not only was “Pulse of the City a public art project, but it also tied together Public Works and the Mayor’s health and fitness campaign called Boston Moves for Health. The song generated by the device is different for every heartbeat, so Bostonians were encouraged try it during their morning runs or right after exercising.

The units are also solar powered, making them green at the same time.