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The Music Box: Tampa Bay Launches in Sulphur Springs

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Music Box: Tampa Bay, a temporary public art collaboration featuring "musical architecture," is installed in the Tampa neighborhood of Sulfur Springs for locals to enjoy. Conceived by art collect New Orleans Airlift in their eponymous hometown, The Music Box is a project that brings artists and designers together to create interactive musical structures.

The project was created in 2008 shortly after the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The goal of the collaboration is to bring eager artists and New Orleans residents together to create new audiences and rebuild communal interactions. Since then, New Orleans Airlift has expanded, visiting other areas in the country and around the world.

The Music Box: Tampa Bay is presented by the USF Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with New Orleans Airlift, design and production cooperative LiveWork studios, land artist Tory Tepp, students of USF, and the arts youth program Community Stepping Stones.

Open Thursday through Sunday, The Music Box offers open exploration of the structures, jam sessions, artists talks, lectures, and more in Sulfur Springs' Mann-Wagnon Park.

To read more about The Music Box in Tampa, please visit:

83 Degrees Media - The Music Box: Tampa Bay launches in Sulphur Springs neighborhood

Tampa Bay Times - New Orleans artists to set up temporary musical structures in Tampa park

Creative Loafing - Do This: Think outside the (music) box