Jersey City, New Jersey: Techno Echo - Shout in the Megaphone1999 sculpture by artist Daniel Nauke for NJ Transit was never funded for all of its imagined interactive glory. But you can find the megaphone part under the freeway overpass.
- CR 612, Jersey City, NJ
- Techno Echo stands between the NJ Transit light rail station parking lot and the Liberty Science Center. Take Communipaw or Johnston Aves to CR 612 and the light rail parking lot. Park in the NJ Transit lot as close to CR 612 as possible, then walk across the street, and then the light rail tracks, to the highway underpass. Techo Echo is on the left side.
Visitor Tips and News About Techno Echo - Shout in the Megaphone
In late 1999, NJ Transit unveiled an interactive sculpture next to its Liberty Science Center light rail station. Conceived by artist Daniel Nauke, it was called "Techno Echo." Passers-by were supposed to shout into its stainless steel megaphone, then the shout would be picked up by microphones attached to utility poles down range and fired back to the shouter, electronically reconfigured and wonky.
In theory it was a great, kid-friendly piece of art -- but NJ Transit never came up with the money for the microphones or the electronics. All that was ever built was the lonely, low-tech megaphone, and its spot under a freeway overpass made it an inevitable target for pigeon poop and road junk drifting down from above.
Anyone putting their mouth on Techno Echo would have to be nuts.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/21/2011]