Monday, 09 Apr, 2012 Offbeat

Aeolian Harp - Giant Arc that Plays the Sounds of Wind


The citizens of London and its guests have now the possibility to view a new original installation that not only looks intriguing but also emits mysterious sounds.

The sculpture has the form of an arch and it comprises 310 polished steel tubes. When the wind passes through these tubes, the person standing under the arc can hear different sounds.

It would be interesting to note that the construction is a giant Aeolian harp (Aeolus is the ruler of the four winds in Greek mythology), an original instrument that plays the sound of breeze channeling through the tubes.

The giant tubes have strings inside them. The strings are very sensitive to motions in the wind, which leads to their vibration. The strings' vibrations are sent through skins on the top and then transferred by the tubes to eventually become sounds heard by those standing under the arc.

Here's how artist Luke Jerram describes his work: "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 work will be on display at the Canary Wharf until May 10. At the same time the artist is selling his art piece.

[via Luke Jarram]

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