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Jersey City, New Jersey: Techno Echo - Shout in the Megaphone (Gone)

1999 sculpture by artist Daniel Nauke for NJ Transit was never funded for all of its imagined interactive glory. For years the megaphone part was under a freeway overpass, but it's gone now.

East edge of the city, near Liberty Science Center. Drive east on Communipaw Ave. Follow it as it turns left to avoid hitting the light rail tracks. When you reach the stoplight, turn right. Cross the tracks. You'll see a highway overpass ahead. Techo Echo is underneath it, on the left.

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Techno Echo: Shout In The Megaphone

Techno Echo no longer there. New construction underway by New Jersey transit authority. Most of underpass is fenced up.

[Rich Frejomil, 08/09/2016]

Techno Echo.

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.

[ Team, 04/21/2011]

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