levitating sound sculpture by david letellier
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

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

the sweeping sound recalls the tune of ‘ut queant laxis’ or the ‘hymn to st john the baptist’

the engine emits one of the first four notes on the scale– do, re, mi, fa

a detailed perspective of the wire-formed artwork

two views of the suspended sculpture

  • 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 says:

    gg says:
  • 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!

    sally says:
  • I really love this, it’s beautiful!

    Helen says:
  • god’s jock strap

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

    fetapapa says:
  • without listening to it it is kind of difficult to judge …

    Luca says:
  • If you don\t recognize a Vimeo link, its probably better not to judge anything

    bitsy says:
  • 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 says:

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