North Court Tube Dance (1978).
It started on February 14 with a line of eight sedate tubes whose
heights in feet
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 33, the famed Fibonacci sequence. The
would go up and down most frequently. It was the least
significant digit of an electronic binary counter. The counter
was counting visitors to
the court as they entered and interupted a light beam. The
tallest tube would ascend at the appearance of the 128th visitor and
drop at the 255th. After a few days,
these tubes were replaced by eight' clear tubes whose heights were
A week later, blue tubes appeared. Once I heard a
visitor say to his companion, " See! Pay up." as several tubes
collapsed and one tube ascended to express the next number of the
binary count. He had bet his friend that he could predict the
next configuration of up and down tubes. He had discerned
the binary pattern.
Soon, tubes grew too big for the space.
the third week, larger diameter multicolored tubes dominated
largest tube was sealed strips of various
It was twenty feet in diameter and eightteen feet high.
end of the show's run, slowly writhing tubes crowded the space of the
This is a detail of the inside
of the largest tube.
The D.I.A.'s Modern Art curator, John Hallmark Neff, discovered
that he could grab a folding chair and a magazine, slip inside
shape, hiding out in the middle of the North Court, and eavesdrop on
visitors to the exhibit.