Giant 'singing' sculpture comes to the Eden Project: Aeolus, September 19 - October 9
A giant stringed musical sculpture made of 310 stainless steel tubes will be singing in the wind at the Eden Project in a three-week long exhibition.
Aeolus, a 10-tonne, six metre-high example of an Aeolian harp created by Bristol artist Luke Jerram, will be situated high over Eden’s Biomes in the Wild Chile area, which has views that stretch down to the sea.
From Monday, September 19 to Sunday, October 9, Eden visitors will be able to walk under the arched sculpture and listen to Aeolus’s haunting melodies dictated by the wind while seeing the landscape reflected through its mirror-lined pipes.
When weather conditions are suitable, the stringed instrument will play a haunting 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.
Luke collaborated with acoustic specialists from the University of Southampton and University of Salford to design Aeolus, which explores the science of acoustics, wind, architecture and light.
It’s coming to Eden as part of a national tour which began at Lyme Park in Cheshire last month and is currently being scheduled to go on to MediaCityUK in Salford next month.
The exhibition is also part of a programme of science public engagement involving schools, community groups, museums, art galleries and science fairs.
On September 28, around 80 children from Brannel secondary, Charlestown and St Stephen Churchtown primary schools will visit Eden to take part in a sound workshop on Aeolus and create a composition inspired by the sculpture. The event is hosted by Cornwall Music Service and the Aeolus project team.
Luke said: “It’s a great pleasure to present Aeolus at the Eden Project. Through the fusion of architecture, art, music and the environment both Eden and Aeolus aim to inspire people about their world.
“I take great pleasure in the similarities of geometry between the Biomes of Eden and the arch of Aeolus. While responding to the wind, the internally mirrored tubes of my singing acoustic sculpture provide the public with a new view of the ever changing British landscape."
Aeolus is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Arts Council England with structural engineering design services provided by the engineering and design consultancy, Arup.
Eden visitors can see Aeolus, which is included in the price of admission, in Wild Chile, which is close to the Pineapple and Strawberry car parks. Information on how the sculpture was designed and built will be displayed in Eden’s Core education centre.