All things Considered
by Sacha Pfeiffer
April 20, 2o11, 6:45pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — If you’ve ever boarded the Red Line at Kendall Square, you may be familiar with the interactive musical sculpture that has hung over the tracks for years.
It’s an elaborate system of pipes, mallets and hammers connected to a network of rods, cables and gears, and it’s called the Kendall Band.
“It makes waiting for the T a lot more fun,” says Alessondra Springmann, a 25-year-old grad student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I used to really enjoy showing up at Kendall five minutes before the train would show up and just playing the bells. You swing a lever back and forth and these pendulums swing, and you can produce really cool music while you’re waiting for the T.”
Springmann says that from the first time she stepped foot on the Kendall train platform, she was struck by how the sculpture brings people together.