Artist makes a noise about his singing sculpture
THE giant singing sculpture created by Bristol artist Luke Jerram has gone on show at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Luke took four years to create his latest musical artwork, which was inspired by a trip to Iran and a chat with a desert well digger who spoke of the wells "singing in the wind".
Called Aeolus, it weights ten tonnes, is six metres high and will be at the Eden Project for the next few weeks as part of a nationwide tour.
Luke, of Southville, is best known for bringing pianos to the streets of Bristol – a project that is currently touring cities around the world.
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He has incorporated 310 stainless steel tubes into Aeolus, which is a giant example of an Aeolian harp. The breeze going through harp strings creates music that changes depending on the wind strength.
Luke said: "It sings in two different ways. There is a network of strings which vibrate and sound a bit like aliens landing, so anyone standing underneath the arch can hear the vibrations. But also the tubes hum at a series of low frequencies."
Luke carried out his initial experiments for the work on the Downs, with the project documented in an exhibition that went on show at the Royal West of England Academy and is now at the Eden Project. Next month it will move to MediaCityUK in Salford, Manchester.