luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london
 
luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london
mar 29, 2012

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london all images courtesy the artist

 

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus canada square park, canary wharf, london, UK open now until the 10th of may 2012

 

 

british artist luke jerram, has developed ‘aeolus’, an acoustic and optical wind pavilion installed in canary wharf, london, UK. the stringed musical instrument takes its name from aeolus, ruler of the four winds in greek mythology as the sculpture relies solely on the wind to create its music. the futuristic sounds produced by the massive aeolian harp are generated entirely from the 310 internally polished, stainless steel tubes and clear strings resonating with the wind. the strings are joined to exterior posts, connected to several of the pipes extruding from the arch’s surface. outfitted with a skin to cover the tops of these pieces, the vibrations of the strings and skin projected down through the tubes, communicated to viewers standing beneath the arch. steel cylinders left unconnected to the strings of the instrument also add to the soundscape as they hum at lowered frequencies, responding to the external influences of wind and environmental vibration.

 

 

‘sounds created by aeolus on salford quays’ by sounding out aeolusthe recordings of the giant aeolian harp were created by placing two miniature DPA microphones inside of the steel cylinders of ‘aeolus’.

 

 

the optical aspect of the sculpture is found, firstly, in the bright, mirrored steel tubes which draw the light in through themselves an into the semi-circle below. the viewer may then be immersed in a enlarged light while looking through the tubes to the outside world, the familiar shapes and landscape both inverted and magnified. the sunlight also filters through these components, moving like an astronomical clock, indicating the time as the disks of light on the floor move as the sun moves throughout the day.

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london a detailed perspective of the artwork’s harp strings

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london looking to the exterior from inside the honeycomb-shaped walls of the archway

 

 

the idea for ‘aeolus’ came to jerram while on a research trip in iran in 2007. while in yazd, the artist met with a desert qanant well digger, speaking to him of his trade. the well digger explained to the artist that his work process included traveling into the desert with an axe, first drawing a circle in the sand, then digging straight down into the rock. after the well digger hit the water table with his axe, he would dig across, moving the water to the neighboring towns. every 50 meters, he would cut an air vent for anyone working below ground to breathe more easily. the well digger explained to jerram that the wells would sometimes sing and make noises as wind blows over the top. while in iran, the artist also studied traditional mosque architecture, fascinated by the geometric shapes, domes and use of light, and acoustic properties typical to these spiritual structures. from this exploration, jerram hoped to develop a work embodying the sounds of sacred architecture. jerram’s experience speaking with the desert well digger and observation of iranian architecture helped to form the piece as he developed a sculptural investigation of wind, architecture, acoustics and light.

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london a view through a light pipe

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london looking through the mirrored tube at different points throughout the day

 

 

‘aeolus in canary wharf by luke jerram, london 2012’ by luke jerram

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london progress images of the sculpture being built

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london an alternate view of construction

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, londonthe diagram indicates where the various sizes of tubes should be installed

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london a detailed perspective of the arch joint

 

 

the piece was developed to offer the public a space through which to engage with the concepts of engineering, acoustics, and aerodynamics. the artist worked closely with the institute of sound and vibration research at the university of southampton and the acoustics research centre at the university of salford.

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london CAD modeling of ‘aeolus’ by arup

 

 

luke jerram: aeolus wind sound sculpture at canary wharf, london an early sketch of ‘aeolus’

 

 

‘aeolus fabrication movie in progress- june2011’ by luke jerram

  • lots of excellent reasons to visit London

    here\’s one more – can\’t wait to hear

    dbkii
  • love this!

    uley
  • Tonkin Liu did a much nicer looking version in 2007
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B0hGyKV9qs

    Burnley Council

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