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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A new sculpture has been installed in Canary Wharf that sings in the wind and hums at a low frequency when people move in for a closer look.
It is a giant Aeolian wind harp and “optical pavilion”, called Aeolus after the Greek god of four winds.
The project took Luke Jerram, who has previously had pianos installed across the capital for Londoners to use free of charge, three and a half years to make.
“It took such a long time because of the research, design work and the cost,” Mr Jerram told London24.
“Getting a project like this during a recession is not easy to do and it was a real struggle.”
The sculpture is looking for a permanent home and will only be in Canary Wharf until May 10.
The structure is made out of stainless steel and will not rust in the rain.
“If it’s raining then the strings don’t vibrate but they do dry quickly,” Mr Jerram added.
“You still get the low humming though when you go underneath.”
The six-metre-tall, 10-ton work was inspired by an interview Mr Jerman had with an Iranian desert well digger who spoke about how sometimes the wells would sing in the wind.
Another previous project of Mr Jerram’s was the Sky Orchestra which serenaded Londoners with sweet melodies played from hot-air balloons high above the city.
Click above to see a video of the new sculpture in action.