Aeolus is a remarkable wind powered instrument humming away in Canary Wharf

4 April 2012

Named after the Greek god of wind, Aeolus – Acoustic Wind Pavilion is a giant instrument and optical sculpture, crafted by Luke Jerram. Currently singing away in Canary Wharf, Aeolus allows wind to resonate through polished steel tubes and along vibrating strings attached to the tubes. The hum produced is attuned to the aeolian scale and registers even in the lowest of winds, creating a soundscape of the environment throughout the day. The pavilion itself is a remarkable feat of elegant engineering as each protrusion reflects the sky light to the centre of the harp-like structure combining the particular nuances of light and sound into a quite beautiful and situationally unique performance.

Aeolus will be in Canada Square Walk, London’s Canary Wharf, until May 10.


Photo by Andy Spain


Aeolus at Lyme Park


Harp Strings of the artwork


View under arch. Photo by Andy Spain

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