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proposal 1:


proposal 2:

the boats

the glass hat is a fun house currently in the development stage.
two proposals have been completed. please take a look.
Under the Glass Hati
In a park outside Heaven
Sits a house where in never out
Resoundsii the morning trumpetiii
Upon each of eight cornersiv
The pillars float freev
Mirroring infinityvi laughs along
Meanwhile the crows jet home flaps bentvii
None the wiser.
This proposal includes digital simulations of sounds inside the house,
demonstrations of model environments, and an archival recording.
Recording Index  
SimulationI OrchestrionII excerpt from the Valley of the Quest. hear here
Voice-O-Graph Unknown date and artists. 'Willow Park' is written on the label.
DemonstrationIII In the Valley of Bewilderment.
Simulation Orchestrion excerpt from the Valley of Insight into Mystery.
Simulation In the Valley of Bewilderment. hear here
Simulation Orchestrion excerpt from the Valley of Unity.
Demonstration In the Valley of Detachment.
Simulation In the Valley of Detachment.
Demonstration In the Valley of Love. hear here
Simulation The Fanfare for Forever: the signal given when the last patron of the day enters the Valley of Poverty and Nothingness.
Simulations are digital demonstrations of some of the sonic environments in the house.
Orchestrions are pneumatic music machines which played at roller rinks and dance halls at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Demonstrations are recordings of actual environments which are similar to those desired for parts of the house.
The Glass Hat is a proposed fun house for Willow Parkviii in Butztown, Pennysilvania.
The valleysix or sections of the house are defined by their sonic spaces, much the way parishes were once defined by the range of their bells. See recordings 3,5,7,8,9.
The 'morning trumpet' is the signalx sounded when the first patron of the day enters the Valley of Poverty and Nothingnessxi.
'Eight corners' refers to the Glass Hat, an octagonal building.


Floating pillars that do not actually touch the ground (also found in a pavilion in the Lions Grove Garden, Suzhou, China), are a striking feature of the Valley of Loveix.
Opposing mirrors are common in the house. 'The Squeeze' for example, requires patrons to pass between mirrors at an acute angle, thereby giving the illusion of being shoulder to shoulder in a circle of one's selves.
See recording 2.
See www.defunctparks.com for information regarding Willow Park.
The seven valleys correspond to the Valleys of the Way in The Conference of the Birdsxii:
    The Valley of the Quest
    The Valley of Love
    The Valley of Insight and Mystery
    The Valley of Detachment
    The Valley of Unity
    The Valley of Bewilderment
    The Valley of Poverty and Nothingness.
There are a number of signals to patrons and staff. The 'morning trumpet' (heard in the background of recording 5) and the 'Fanfare for Forever' (see recording 10) are two examples. These signals are heard over the public address system.
The Valley of Poverty and Nothingness is a sound proof room. It is the last room in the house. It is completely white, except for its stampxiii.

Attar, Farid Ud-Din. The Conference of the Birds. Translated by Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis. London: Penguin Group, 1984

Attar was a Sufi poet who lived in the twelfth century.

The Conference of the Birds is an epic tale of a pilgrimage to find a king. With the hoopoe as their guide, a vast multitude of birds traverse the Seven Valleys of the Way. After a lifetime of wandering, a mere thirty birds reach their king's gate. At first rebuked, they persist and are then admitted, whereupon the thirty (si) birds (morgh) meet their lord and master, 'Simorgh'.

Patrons are given cards as they enter the house. As they travel through the house, they collect a stamp from each valley. Once all seven have been acquired, the cards may be presented to receive the mirror of the week.
Proposal two includes diagrams of the house and model boats.
Visitors may choose a boat, make a wish, and send it down the river.