Official opening of the Gigaphone

The ‘Talerøret’ (the Gigaphone), an art installation in Trondheim’s Tordenskiold Park, is NTNU’s centennial gift to the city’s residents. The installation will have its official opening on Wednesday, 8 September, at 12.00.

Photo: Brendeland & Kristoffersen Arkitekter A/S

Photo: Brendeland & Kristoffersen Arkitekter A/S

The ‘Talerøret’ — which has been translated as ‘the Gigaphone’, is a new installation created by NTNU architecture students. Its English name is a play on words that reflects the fact that it is far larger than a conventional megaphone.

The Gigaphone is an open arena for anyone with a message, and is designed to amplify sound, whether for the listener or the speaker. It can be used as a megaphone, an ear horn, a stage, a screen, or a place to play and experiment with different cultural expressions.

The installation is a gift to the city of Trondheim and its residents from NTNU to mark the university’s centennial year in 2010.

The Gigaphone was designed by NTNU architecture students, under the guidance of the architectural firm Brendeland and Kristoffersen, and in an interdisciplinary effort with different NTNU disciplines, including music, acoustics, structural engineering and product design, and Tresenteret (the Wood Centre).

It has been financed by NTNU, SpareBank1 SMN and NTE (Partners for Innovation), which together work to strengthen knowledge-based innovation in mid-Norway.

The opening ceremony will be led by Professor Rigmor Austgulen. In addition to speeches, there will be musical improvisation, percussion and modern musical interpretative performances from NTNU’s Department of Music.

Time: 8 September 12.00

Place: Tordenskiolds Park, Trondheim

Arranged by: NTNU

Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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