levitating sound sculpture by david letellier
levitating sound sculpture by david letellier
may 23, 2012

levitating sound sculpture by david letellier

‘caten’ by david letellier, 2012 all images © the artist

on the occasion of the festival interstice with the support of station MIR david letellier created a site-specific and temporary kinetic sound sculpture for saint sauveur chapel of caen, france entitled ‘caten’. the french-born and berlin-based artist developed the work from 300 fine wires held together by two ropes and moved by gravity and the slow shifting of rotating arms connected to the four corners of the stringed tapestry from the building’s mezzanine. the piece produces an audible interpretation of the first verse and four notes notes (do re, mi, fa) for the prayer ‘ut queant laxis’ or ‘hymn to st john the baptist’ as the collection of curved wires are rocked slowly. ‘caten’ engages with the architecture of the antiquated church– the sounds of the wire piece bouncing off of the high-roofed space while the work spans the expanse between the balcony and ground floor below. letellier notes, ‘the low frequencies resonate in the space and emphasize the transcendental character of a place once dedicated to faith‘.

‘caten’ by david letellier, 2012

levitating sound sculpture by david letellier 300 fine wires are suspended from two ropes and moved slightly by four rotating arms situated on the balcony of the expansive room

levitating sound sculpture by david letellier the sweeping sound recalls the tune of ‘ut queant laxis’ or the ‘hymn to st john the baptist’

levitating sound sculpture by david letellier the engine emits one of the first four notes on the scale– do, re, mi, fa

levitating sound sculpture by david letellier a detailed perspective of the wire-formed artwork

levitating sound sculpture by david letellier two views of the suspended sculpture

  • have a look at http://swipelife.com/2012/05/25/levitating-sound-sculpture-by-david-letellier/
    this will show you the movement and sound.

    john Laker
  • If you don\t recognize a Vimeo link, its probably better not to judge anything

  • without listening to it it is kind of difficult to judge …

  • Shouldn’t we be able to hear the sound of a sound sculpture?…

  • god’s jock strap

  • I really love this, it’s beautiful!

  • the pieces are visually VERY similar and they are actually quite different too. this sculpture is an audible work,
    much smaller in scale and motor-powered! would you feel this way if you compare two street artists with stencil work?
    both use stencils and paint on a wall!


  • This is very, very comparable to a project of two Belgians, done in 2010. The Upside Dome: http://gijsvanvaerenbergh.com/tud/

    The concept of both projects are different though.

    Fréderic Louis

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