Kendall Band work progresses
A team of MIT students, led by Mike Tarkanian, has been restoring the Kendall Band, the installation of instruments in the Kendall/MIT MBA station. Last year, the team removed the bells, hammers, wires, and pulleys that make up Pythagoras and brought the pieces to the basement of Building 8 where the aluminum bells, teak pendulums, and platform controls were cleaned and repaired. Paul Matisse, a local artist, created the instruments in 1987 when the station was rebuilt. Initially, he maintained the piece, but in recent years, the ongoing task has been too difficult. In 2009, Seth Parker contacted Clarise Snyder in MIT's Music and Theatre Arts Department to inquire about MIT adopting and refurbishing the instruments. To learn more about the project, see their blog or their Facebook page.