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Sculptural Sound Chamber Sings When the Wind Blows
Posted By Brit Liggett On February 3, 2010 @ 12:42 am In Art,Decorative Objects,Design,Environment,Innovation,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | No Comments
Here at Inhabitat we love the wind  — it’s one of our favorite natural resources . That explains our excitement when we heard about Luke Jerram’s  new artistic venture, an acoustic pavilion  that sings when the breeze blows by it. The project is named Aeolus after the Greek God of the wind, and it will employ hundreds of light tubes outfitted like Aeolian harps . Each pipe, or harp, has strings in it and as the wind passes over the structure in different directions the wind will strike chords in various parts of the circular structure. The art piece will travel all over the UK to windy summits and play a concerto of nature in each location.
Aeolian Harps have been around for centuries. Traditionally made of wooden boxes with two strings, they have evolved over time. Jerram will make his harps out of long metal tubes which will also act as light pipes, filtering light  through them to the seating area in the center of the art piece.
Though Aeolian Harps have been playing the wind’s tune for years now, they are usually only exhibited in small groups, sometimes even in the small scale of a window open to the wind. Jerram has taken the aeolian harp and expanded it’s function to include sunlight. Jerram’s Aeolus will turn the earth’s shifting winds  and changing light  into a performance for the eyes and ears.
Jerram has a history of environmentally focused projects — his Plant Orchestra  is currently in continuous production. The Aeolis project is being funded by the United Kingdom’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council  (EPSRC) and is being hosted by the acoustic engineering departments at the University of Southampton (ISVR) and University of Salford, where Jerram will be a research fellow on the project. It is currently in the engineering stages and once built is slated to make visits to different locations in the UK  before being installed as a permanent art sculpture.
+ Luke Jerram’s 
Via Green Diary 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/03/sculptural-sound-chamber-sings-when-the-wind-blows/aeolis-mockup/
 wind: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/27/philippe-starck-unveils-two-revolutionair-wind-turbines/
 natural resources: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/
 Luke Jerram’s: http://lukejerram.com/
 acoustic pavilion: http://lukejerram.com/projects/aeolus_acoustic_wind_pavillion
 Aeolian harps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolian_harp
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/03/sculptural-sound-chamber-sings-when-the-wind-blows/aeolis-layout/
 filtering light: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/02/gorgeous-glass-pyramid-solar-cells-energize-any-building-facade/
 shifting winds: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/21/eolic-a-foldable-portable-wind-turbine/
 changing light: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/18/serpentine-solar-roof-rises-over-perugia-italy/
 Plant Orchestra: http://lukejerram.com/projects/plant_orchestra
 United Kingdom’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/default.htm
 the UK: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/20/330000-football-fields-of-wind-turbines-planned-in-britain/
 Green Diary: http://www.greendiary.com/entry/resonating-architectural-space-that-sings-with-the-wind/
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