kyouei design forms minimal square wind bell from metal and glass
kyouei design forms minimal square wind bell from metal and glass kyouei design forms minimal square wind bell from metal and glass
sep 10, 2014

kyouei design forms minimal square wind bell from metal and glass

kyouei design forms minimal square wind bell from metal and glass
all images courtesy of kouichi okamoto




kouichi okamoto of kyouei design has formed a minimal wind chime from metal and glass, using the properties inherent in both materials to produce sound. ‘square wind bell’ is made up of two iron cut-outs covered in trivalent chrome plating. they are united to each other by a simple slit in each corner, forming a combined geometry that teeters on the edge of a drinking glass. as one plate catches the wind, the other acts as a weight, striking the transparent volume repeatedly and resounding with the action of the wind. each noise is different, depending on the form and minute compositional variations of the glass, which adapt a musical and harmonic tonality as the successive taps reverberate in place.



square wind bell
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kouichi okamoto: square wind bell
the glasses produce as noise as the iron repeatedly taps against them

kouichi okamoto: square wind bell
the bottom half of the iron square is submerged in the drinking glass

kouichi okamoto: square wind bell

kouichi okamoto: square wind bell
the minimal wind chime

kouichi okamoto: square wind bell
the two squares are united by a single slit in each corner

kouichi okamoto: square wind bell
the two simple materials used to create the wind chime

  • Very creative + very annoying. Good thinking.


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