The Aeolus Acoustic Wind Pavilion is a gigantic metal sculpture that sings with the wind at London's Canary Wharf. Designed by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram and named after the ruler of the four winds in Greek mythology, the sculpture creates a charming sweet sound every time the wind blows through its pipes.
Luke Jerram has been researching acoustics, wind, architecture and light for a few years, but it was a trip to Iran that triggered this art piece. Inspired by conversations with a Qanat desert well digger on the way the structures “sing in the wind”, this Jerram developed this giant tubular sculpture. Acoustically and optically astonishing, Aeolus converts the silent breeze into a sweet natural melody.
Using zero energy and no electrical power or amplification, this giant aeolian harp sculpture has nylon harp strings attached to some of the tubes, which redirect the passing air into the piece’s center to create sound. The tubes with no strings attached have been tuned to an aeolian scale and hum at low frequencies.
The Aeolus Acoustic Wind Pavilion will be at Canary Warf’s Canada Square from the 27th of March to the 10th of May 2012, so if you are in the Big Smoke don’t miss out!
Photos © Andy Spain