Tone Tubes

The mobile musical construction site - hailing from the underground!

  • Venue: Field, street, auditorium
  • Weather: Installations are waterproof
  • Space requirements: Approx. 400 square meters (e.g., 20x20 meters outdoors)
  • Age group: For all ages, 2 and up
  • Number of participants: Up to 50 people
  • Required technology: To be provided; water possible upon request
  • Setup / takedown time: Approx. 1 hour each
  • Transportation: VW T5 Bus

This open-air exhibition comprises thirty drums measuring 20-50 cm in diameter, helipipers, chimes, slam organs, monster flutes and call-in-hear-out pipes, all built from and mounted within eighty meters of piping from underground construction sites.

Oodles of angled gussets. An abundance of bifurcations. This huge, constantly evolving communications system of pipes is like a massive musical toolbox, fit for a giant – a gargantuan, labyrinthine sound sculpture that brings delight to parents and children alike.

This exhibition was originally created for the 1992 “Child-Friendly City of Sarstedt” pilot project. It was further developed for the TeleTamTam project with the Rheinisches Industriemuseum of Oberhausen and Ratingen in cooperation with Mannesmann, Deutsche Telekom AG and with the ZOOM children’s museum of Vienna, the Bibiana children’s museum in Bratislava and the Krasnojarsk Museumsbienale in Siberia as well as the Kunstsammlung NRW.


  • Expo Hannover
  • Kunstsammlung NRW
  • Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg
  • Kunststoff-Museum Düsseldorf
  • Stern für Kids IAA Frankfurt
  • International Children's Festival in Mississauga, Canada 
  • Bundesgartenschau Oberhausen
  • Various citywide events and children's festivals across Germany

Links & Downloads