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Dec 26, 2012 - Discover the hidden tune of San Diego

San Diego is a busy town, There’s so much to do and see. But did you know that there is a public artwork that hides in plain sight? The best thing about it is you might actually experience it before you see it. Head into San Diego by bus or limo with Bus Rental San Diego and keep your eyes, or rather, your ears peeled.

Public works of art usually generate a polarizing effect. People either love it, hate it, or are indifferent to it. In San Diego, you’ll find a rather clever piece of art on the 25th Street Bridge spanning the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway (State Route 94) linking the neighborhoods of Golden Hill to the north and Sherman Heights to the south.

For those of you who have used the bridge countless times but have never seen it, the artwork isn't so much the bridge itself as it is the railing separating the sidewalk from the traffic on the west side of the bridge. Built into the bridge by artist Roman de Salvo is a "song rail" - a carillon, (a series of chromatic bells that plays a tune when struck in sequence). This functional but also beautiful work of art - a melding of safety and music in a most unique way - and it serves as a symbolic gesture of bridging the two neighborhoods of Golden Hill and Sherman Heights.

The song rail's tune is called the "Crab Carillon," and was written solely for the project by SDSU music instructor Joseph Waters, and plays the same whether walking in either direction.

So, when you pull into San Diego via the King Freeway with Bus Rental San Diego whilst you’re heading into or out of downtown by bus or limo, take a look at the 25th Street bridge and know that there's a clever little gem hidden on the structure. Or if you can, take the time to pull off the freeway and stroll across the bridge to the tune of the "Crab Carillon."