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Eden's new sculpture brings winds of strange

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 12, 2011

Aeolus, a giant Aeolian harp made by artist Luke Jerram, hums at a series of low frequencies even with little wind

Aeolus, a giant Aeolian harp made by artist Luke Jerram, hums at a series of low frequencies even with little wind

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A giant stringed musical sculpture will be "singing in the wind" at the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of a three-week exhibition to bring music to the biomes.

Named after the Greek god of the wind, Aeolus is a six-metre high example of an Aeolian harp made of 310 stainless steel tubes, which will be placed high over Eden's Biomes in the wild Chile area, which has views stretching down to the sea.

From September 19, Eden visitors will be able to walk under the arched 10-tonne sculpture and listen to Aeolus's haunting melodies played by the wind while seeing the landscape reflected through its mirror-lined pipes.

When weather conditions are suitable, the stringed instrument will play a 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.

Bristol artist Luke Jerram collaborated with acoustic specialists from the University of Southampton and the University of Salford to design Aeolus, which explores the science of acoustics, wind, architecture and light.

He said: "Through the fusion of architecture, art, music and the environment, both Eden and Aeolus aim to inspire people about their world."

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