Wind Harp

Ron Fitzgerald

Eastwood 2122, Australia

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If Sydneysiders are puzzled by soft music drifting over the harbour, the answer is blowing in the wind.

A 10 metre high cylinder containing three large harps has been erected outside the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The harp strings play in the breeze and make different tunes depending on the direction of the wind.

The installation was created by Sydney architect Joe Snell as part of the Conservatorium’s open day.

Mr Snell was inspired by indigenous story telling.

“They told stories and sang songs to communicate pathways across the terrain, understanding their place in this vast continent and nature’s power,” he said in a statement.

“Here, with the harps as a metaphor, Songlines equally draws on the powers of nature to produce a musical communication in a most harmonious and sustainable way.”

A low energy light in the centre of the cylinder glows between dusk and dawn through thousands of coloured plastic strips to create an ambient atmosphere.

Extract from the Sydney Morning Herald

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