Kansas City citizens need a place to unwind, hang out, share music, converse, do yoga, relax, enjoy the day, organize, philosophize, DANCE, look at the stars, look at each other, make memories and figure out what the hell they want to do with their lives. We need a monumental speaker's SHRINE.
The original SHRINE is in Japan. They built it as a torii gate.
"A torii gate is where the spirits are more likely to hear your prayers. It is a public interactive sound sculpture that allows the spectators to express themselves and play music and messages directly through it. In effect, SHRINE functions as a “Speaker's Corner” (much like Hyde Park in London) or a social “hub” where people meet by chance. 300 recycled loudspeakers are mounted on a 4-meter high torii gate structure. Four people can simultaneously be connected to a 4-channel speakers system that allows them to express themselves directly via a microphone input or their smart phones with Bluetooth technology."
"At the same time the sculpture amplifies “recycled” electromagnetic waves (white noise): the low-volume sounds are permanently hearable as a “background” sound that changes throughout the day. This is the “pulse” of the sculpture. Additionally, SHRINE can also be used as a sound system for concerts, formal occasions and open-air events."
Kansas City needs creativity, innovation, and forward thinking. This is our creative, innovative, forward thinking idea: We want to build a Speaker's Shrine as a Torii gate for the betterment of Kansas City and humankind alike. We want to lift millions of prayers into the sky. We want to turn sound into light. For all to receive.
Note: There are two paths to complete this monument. We can build on site using local, recycled electronics and speakers or build a state of the art, acoustically calculated monument providing a high fidelity listening experience for all to enjoy free of charge. I am not sure which will be best for this undertaking. I am conducting research to determine the efficiency of each method.