Aeolus, a giant stringed musical instrument for your backyard

Musical instruments are truly magical. However, have you seen an amalgamation of wind and stringed instruments? Well, if not then you can head over to Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London until the 10th May, to check out an installation called Aeolus, which 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”. Named after Aeolus, Greek god who ruled the four winds, the installation is now up for sale.

Reports describe the sculpture as “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.”

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It adds, “For those tubes without strings attached, the tubes are tuned to an aeolian scale and hum at a series of low frequencies even when it’s not windy. Beneath the arch a viewer can look out through a field of 310 internally polished stainless steel tubes simultaneously, each of which draws the landscape of light through the structure whilst humming at a series of low frequencies. These light pipes act to frame, invert and magnify the landscape around the pavilion enabling the viewer to contemplate an ever changing landscape of light. As the clouds and sun move across the sky throughout the day, the visual experience for the public will dramatically alter minute by minute, hour by hour.” Quite interesting piece of engineering, I must say!
Update – The artwork is for sale with a price on request from a buyer. The price will vary depending on where it needs to be transported and installed in the world.

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