Uncovering the meaning behind Erin Harris’ artwork at Hotel Dena
Wood and Acrylic
“Jump” by the Pasadena-founded band Van Halen informed the soundwaves depicted in this composition by Erin Harris in the lobby of Hotel Dena by Hersha Hospitality.
The Little Old Lady from Pasadena
Wood and acrylic
“Little Old Lady from Pasadena” by the rock duo Jan and Dean informed the soundwaves depicted in this composition by Erin Harris in the lobby of Hotel Dena by Hersha Hospitality.
The Story Behind the Artwork
The art collection at Hotel Dena employs various mediums to tell the story of “the creator.” From the hotel lobby to your individual guest room, the collection invites you to experience the local creative and performing arts scene while exploring the identity of the creator. At times this may seem obvious through nods to specific genres like dance, music, or poetry. At other times, though, “the creator” is expressed through abstract, dynamic mark-making that is suggestive of movement, such as these wooden installations by Erin Harris.
By transforming sound waves into three-dimensional wooden sculptures, Erin creates a visual depiction of the intangible world of sound, inviting you to consider its transformation into a tactile work of art infused with movement and energy. In Jump and The Little Old Lady from Pasadena, he invites you to read about, dance with, or sing along to two famous songs that are reflective of Pasadena’s rich arts and cultural scene.
About Erin Harris
Erin Harris is a multi-talented artist known for his stunning handcrafted works that incorporate a range of mediums and techniques. One of his most unique and captivating creations is his wood soundwave art, which combines his love of music with his artistic skills to produce custom pieces that capture the visual essence of sound.
Based in May, TX, Erin spent over 15 years as a musician before transitioning into creating wood soundwave art. He has created these installations for notable performers such as Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, The Who, Roger Waters, Depeche Mode, Chris Rock, and Bert Kreischer. Erin uses audio editing software to convert soundwaves into visual patterns, which form the basis for his intricate and striking installations layered with meaning. Learn more about Erin Harris’ work here.