A Sound Garden: Amazing Musical Instrument and Art Installation

“A Sound Garden” is a huge musical instrument and art installation created by Douglas R. Hollis.

This eerie sounding sculpture can be found on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Western Service Center campus. It is woth an ear!

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“A Sound Garden” is a huge musical instrument and art installation created by Douglas R. Hollis. Photo flickr

What looks like antenna trying to catch alien messages and pulses is a soundscape installation called A Sound Garden. This eerie musical instrument is composed of 12 steel tower structures, all containing organ pipes of varying lengths that produce different tones when the wind blows around and through them. At the top of the towers, horizontal steel vanes catch the wind and rotate the pipes.

Located on a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle, the giant pipe-like structures murmur, whistle, and howl when the wind blows through them as shown in the video below:

Did you know? The Seattle band Soundgarden famously named themselves after the Hollis piece.

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