Artist Thilo Frank’s latest wooden installation forms a snaking tunnel of timber in northern Denmark. Called “EKKO,” the installation comes to life with sound as visitors walk beneath the wooden frames. Microphones hidden within the beams record footsteps and voices, which are then played back in a distorted echo.
The sprawling installation encircles a grassy knoll at a Danish park. Twisting and contorting as if it is a giant square slinky, visitors are invited to walk in and around to activate EKKO’s musical features. 200 wooden frames of varying size are spaced out to make up the piece, united with a continuous concrete walkway.
The sounds created by EKKO are entirely dependent upon the steps and voices made by visitors. The hidden microphones pick up the sounds, which are then remixed by a computer and then played back throughout the installation. The sounds are also archived, turning the installation into a sort of sound time capsule, giving the artist a snippet of the visitors who experienced EKKO on a given day.
Aside from a sound installation, EKKO also interacts directly with the sun. Since the 200 wooden frames are each set apart, the sun has varying effects during the day, throwing a lattice work of shadows on the site, while also filtering light in different effects. From afar, the slats cause a vibrating edge effect, looking almost static to the naked eye.
Frank’s installation combines architecture, art and sound, while creating an audio record of itself.