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Thread #145557   Message #3367475
Posted By: Desert Dancer
24-Jun-12 - 01:51 PM
Thread Name: Musical sculpture
Subject: Musical sculpture
Aeolus, by Bristol, UK, artist Luke Jerram is looking for a new home.

Aeolus is a giant stringed musical instrument, an acoustic and optical pavilion designed to make audible the silent shifting patterns of the wind and to visually amplify the ever changing sky.
The sculpture a giant aeolian harp, designed to resonate and sing with the wind without any electrical power or amplification. Vibrations in strings attached to some of the tubes are transferred through skins covering the tops, and projected down through the tubes towards the viewer standing beneath the arch.

Aeolus sonifies the three dimensional landscape of wind, using a web of aeolian harp strings. Almost like cats' whiskers sensitive to the slightest touch, the stings register the shifting landscape of wind around the artwork to be heard by visitors. The aim is for the public to be able to visualise this shifting wind map by interpreting the sound around them.

Pics, sound, and video available at the link.

This guy has quite a diverse output. I came to his website via a link to pictures of his glass microbes.

Another music-related project is "Play me, I'm yours!" -- street pianos. "... more than 600 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney, bearing the simple instruction 'Play Me, I'm Yours'."

And another -- "Sky Orchestra" --
... an artwork designed to deliver music to sleeping people from out of the sky. A form of provocative urban art, Sky Orchestra questions the boundaries of public artwork, private space and the ownership of the sky.

The Sky Orchestra is made up of seven hot air balloons, each with speakers attached, which take off (at dawn or dusk) and fly across a city. Each balloon plays a different element of a musical score, creating a massive audio landscape:
"Like whales calling in the ocean, the same sounds may be heard in succession passing from one balloon to another across the sky..."

Anyone experienced any of these?

Any other musical sculptures to link (including prior threads)?

(This sad story is all I find linked at Mudcat: Daily Mail article about ill-fated EFDSS-Lotto-funded sculpture project.)

~ Becky in Tucson