loved. - Brooklyn Botanic Garden


Art in the Garden

March 15–31, 2022
Plays Hourly on Cherry Esplanade

As a way of processing and reflecting on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers loved., a site-specific sound installation created by NYC-based composer Michael Gordon to honor those we have lost. Performed by percussionist David Cossin, the meditative composition for seven vibraphones plays every hour on the hour on Cherry Esplanade and runs 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

“In this city so filled with many different people, the common thread of those lost to COVID was that they were loved. As a way to reach out to those impacted by loss, to those seeking a few moments to sit and think and remember, I sought to create a space where the memory of those loved ones could be honored.” —⁠Michael Gordon

Composer, Michael Gordon
Percussionist, David Cossin
February 2021
Running time 5:31

About the Artists

Michael Gordon is a prolific contemporary composer whose work melds classical, new music, electronica, punk rock, and many other forms. He is influenced by Downtown artists including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Meredith Monk. A cofounder of the influential New York collective Bang on a Can, Gordon’s work has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, and New World Symphony, among many others nationally and internationally. Gordon’s recent work Natural History was premiered on the rim of Crater Lake, Oregon and is the subject of the PBS documentary Symphony for Nature. Explore more music by Michael Gordon on Bandcamp.

Percussionist David Cossin has recorded and performed internationally with composers and ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Sting, and Yo-Yo Ma. Theater projects include collaborations with Blue Man Group, Mabou Mines, and director Peter Sellars. A curator, composer, and instrument inventor, Cossin’s sonic installations have been presented in New York, Italy, and Germany.

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