Cambridge's Foundry Jukebox Tells Stories Of The Community

Photo: James Rojas (WBZ)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — You won't find any popular music artists on this jukebox. You won't find any music at all.

"Jukebox" is a public art project at The Foundry, a creative arts space at 101 Rogers St. in Cambridge. The project, created by artist Elisa Hamilton, transforms an original 1960 Seeburg jukebox into a machine that tells stories from the Cambridge community.

"A lot of young people especially don’t know what a jukebox is," Hamilton told WBZ Newsradio. "They’ve never touched one before. So young people come and immediately they press all the buttons, which I think is great. So people have this delight when they discover this, and then I think there is this sort of surprise when they understand that it’s actually a vessel for stories about Cambridge."

Visitors can select one of the 25 tracks on the jukebox and listen to a Cambridge community member tell their story. Hamilton plans to eventually add up to 100 voices to her project.

"It's the perfect way to sort of wrap community members in stories from this community," Hamilton said. "I also love analog art forms, records, tapes because you can touch them and that feels really special in a world where so many things are digital."

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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