From band rotunda to the iPod
Events for An ornament to the town, a Turnbull Gallery exhibition about that central town fixture: the band rotunda.
- Date: Friday, 7 April, 2017
12.10pm - 1.00pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Public space and acoustic pleasures
Band rotundas are architecture with an acoustic interest. They celebrate perhaps the most public engagement with performed music. Giant parasols for musicians, they organise the spatial relationships of audience and performer as effectively as any interior auditorium.
As public architecture they also took on additional communal functions (such as memorials), as well as being barometers of architectural taste and building knowledge.
In this talk, Christine McCarthy will explore the architecture of the band rotunda in New Zealand and its various roles, including: public folly, memorial, and facilitator of acoustic recreation.
It will map a journey from aesthetically-delicate timber and wrought iron delights to robust concrete soundshells and the seemingly more mobile and ephemeral iPod.
About the speaker
Christine McCarthy teaches in the interior architecture programme at Victoria University and is the president of the Architectural Centre.
Postcard of the Lyttelton band rotunda, 1900-1911. Ref: MS-Papers-12098.