Singing Elevator at Southbank Centre

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In May 2010, Turner Prize winning and controversial artist, Martin Creed added his choral ‘Work No. 409′ to be heard inside the Royal Festival Hall’s glass lift – also known as the JCB lift. (He gives all of his artworks chronological titles.)

Creed first created the singing lift for the Ikon gallery in Birmingham in 2006 but I am so glad the idea was brought to London as it is hard not to smile when you hear a rich baritone bottom E at the ground floor raising to a soprano A sharp at the sixth floor.

Rather wonderfully, the lift sings the scales faster when you descend all of the floors rather than stopping at each level.

The singing lift is well loved and has its own (unofficial) Twitter account.

According to the article in http://golondon.about.com

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