Sound sculpture

Paradox parabol (2002) – Leo Nilsson and Lennart Andersson

The sculpture that landed from outer space. Listen to its mysterious electroacoustic drone as it hoovers at Tomarps Kungsgård, outside Helsingborg, since 2002. Originally, Paradox parabol used sensors that registered when someone approached, and accordingly started to play sound. The closer the sculpture you came, the louder it played. However, lately some drift disturbances occurred, and the sculpture sometimes needs to be started manually.


Leo Nilsson på Wikipedia

Tomarps kungsgård

Klangwäldchen (2007) – Åsa Stjerna

Just outside the Nordic embassy in Berlin, a group of birches got a new life through the installation Klangwäldchen by Åsa Stjerna. The purpose was to bring out the trees as individuals and to let them become something more than just plant material. The birches spoke with a sparkling voice, distributed via loudspeakers mounted high up in the trees.


Singing Ringing Tree by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu

The hilly landscape outside Burnley in Lancashire, England, has been adorned with a unique sculpture called “The Singing Ringing Tree”.  The creation, erected in 2006,  is designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, who were inspired by wind organs. The pipes in the sculpture generate tones when stroked by the wind. Length, design and cooperation between the pipes affects the melodies you can hear when the wind blows over the rugged landscape.

In 2007 the creators won The National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence. Read more here and here. Movie by jonathanbrind