Visitors can enter the room in groups of five and are given some time to completely immerse themselves in the experience of being in a nearly soundproof room. The artist was inspired by his trips to the Northern Arizona Deserts and the near silence he had experienced there. The only, very faint sound in the room is a modulated recording from that very place in Arizona.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cites nowadays and we are continuously exposed to a wide range of sounds and volumes. Arguably, being inside one of the quietest places in New York City must sound very appealing. We are so accustomed to the sound of chatter and moving vehicles around us that this art installation provides a stark contrast to daily urban life — one that we might not experience that often, unless you happen to live close to Northern Arizona Deserts.