Aeolus, a giant stringed musical sculpture which sings in the wind, will be unveiled at the Eden Project this month.
The 10-tonne, six metre-high example of an Aeolian harp will be situated high over Eden’s Biomes in the Wild Chile area, which has views that stretch down to the sea.
Eden visitors will be able to walk under the arched sculpture and listen to Aeolus’s haunting melodies dictated by the wind while seeing the landscape reflected through its mirror-lined pipes.
When weather conditions are suitable, the stringed instrument will play a haunting melody without any electrical power or amplification – and even when it’s not windy, the 2.5m-long tubes hum at a series of low frequencies and intriguing acoustic effects can be heard below the arch.
To create the sculpture artist Luke Jerram collaborated with acoustic specialists from the University of Southampton and University of Salford.
Luke said: “It’s a great pleasure to present Aeolus at the Eden Project. Through the fusion of architecture, art, music and the environment both Eden and Aeolus aim to inspire people about their world.
“I take great pleasure in the similarities of geometry between the Biomes of Eden and the arch of Aeolus.
“While responding to the wind, the internally mirrored tubes of my singing acoustic sculpture provide the public with a new view of the ever changing British landscape.”
Eden visitors can see Aeolus, which is included in the price of admission, in Wild Chile, which is close to the Pineapple and Strawberry car parks.
Information on how the sculpture was designed and built will be displayed in Eden’s Core education centre.
Aeolus is at the Eden Project from September 19 to October 9, 2011. For more information see the Aeolus website.