Located in a lush forest in Aarhus, Denmark, Mark Nixon’s spectacular sculpture, “Chimecco”, is a beautiful installation that blows with the wind, and sings beautifully in the breeze under a quaint footbridge. Part of the outdoor exhibition “Sculpture by the Sea", bringing locals closer to nature, Nixon's piece joins sixty-four other sculptures by various artists from around the world. Dixon’s interactive sculpture was chosen as one of the winners from over 350 other submissions.
Dixon’s sculpture is a giant, playful wind chime. With the aid of assistants, the kinetic sculpture was constructed on site over the course of an entire month. A rustic red wooden bridge hangs between two high points over a deep ravine, surrounded by rich foliage. Below, Dixon has dangled oversized chimes of varying sizes. Made from gold anondized aluminum, the bevel cut pipes hang in formation, coming to a point in the center, which almost touches the ground below.
Chimecco can at first go unnoticed to the passing visitor; hidden below the bridge, it only wakes up when it clangs with the passing wind. Dixon wanted visitors to discover his piece, stumbling upon it as a surprise, either by awakening it with movement or with the force of nature as the wind blows. After discovered, visitors are encouraged to interact with the sculpture, using each pipe to create their own music, or to walk across the bridge above where there are interactive nodes.
Dixon plays with the fusion of music and interaction as a means for humans to interact with one another and to play. The sculpture has gained much attention, including being one of the subjects of a Danish documentary about “Sculpture By the Sea.” All of the sculptures in the exhibition are for sale- Chimecco weighs in at a cool €26,000.