Cairo’s sound pollution is not a typical muse, but Daniel Dendra used the noise of the city’s streets to make this artistic table. By placing microphones at various intersections and then combining the recordings, he created this cityscape-turned-coffee table.
The table surface has a flat side and the cityscape side. With the cityscape side up, the table is not functional. Daniel Dendra considers this a metaphor. The bumps and crevices representing the sound pollution make the table unusable, and he compares this experience to being a pedestrian in the city.
Sound pollution is often not taken as seriously as chemical pollution. However, anyone who’s lived on top of a nightclub knows that quality of life goes down tremendously when noise is inescapable.