Wind Sculptures

The art of structuring is our descriptive payoff line that we feel embodies our intricate and specialist work in the world of financing. In the same way we celebrate creative endeavours that echo our ethos.

Wind sculpture harnesses the power of wind to create beautiful sounds. This form of art best demonstrates the symphonic way in which we aim to make capital forces work to create value.

The team at Symphony Capital has identified two such structures suitable for use in our marketing photography. Here is a little more information on them. If you know or discover similar sculptures from around the world, please share them with us, as this helps us expand our image bank of such beautiful and creative works of art.

1. Panopticon Ringing Tree

This beautiful sculpture is a wind powered sound sculpture resembling a tree set in the landscape of the Pennine mountain range overlooking Burnley, in Lancashire, England.

Completed in 2006, it is part of the series of four sculptures within the Panopticons arts and regeneration project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN). The project was set up to erect a series of 21st-century landmarks, or Panopticons (structures providing a comprehensive view), across East Lancashire as symbols of the renaissance of the area.

Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu of Tonkin Liu, the Panopticon Ringing Tree is a 3 metre tall construction comprising pipes of galvanised steel which harness the energy of the wind to produce a slightly discordant and penetrating choral sound covering a range of several octaves. Some of the pipes are primarily structural and aesthetic elements, while others have been cut across their width enabling the sound. The harmonic and singing qualities of the tree were produced by tuning the pipes according to their length by adding holes to the underside of each.

In 2007, the sculpture won (along with 13 other candidates) the National Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence.


2. Aeolus – ruler of the four winds in Greek mythology

The artwork was commissioned to inspire the public and engage them in the subjects of engineering, acoustics and aerodynamics. Aeolus sculpture and associated science public engagement is the result of a collaboration between Luke Jerram and Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton and The Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford. Watch video of Dr Ian Drumm, acoustic scientist from Salford University’s Acoustic Research Centre discusses its acoustic properties.

Aeolus is a giant stringed musical instrument, an acoustic and optical pavilion designed to make audible the silent shifting patterns of the wind and to visually amplify the ever changing sky.

The sculpture, a giant aeolian harp, is designed to resonate and sing with the wind without any electrical power or amplification. Vibrations in strings attached to some of the tubes are transferred through skins covering the tops, and projected down through the tubes towards the viewer standing beneath the arch.

Aeolus sonifies the three dimensional landscape of wind, using a web of aeolian harp strings. Almost like cats’ whiskers sensitive to the slightest touch, the stings register the shifting landscape of wind around the artwork to be heard by visitors. The aim is for the public to be able to visualise this shifting wind map by interpreting the sound around them.

Beneath the arch a viewer can look out through a field of 310 internally polished stainless steel tubes simultaneously, each of which draws the landscape of light through the structure whilst humming at a series of low frequencies. These light pipes act to frame, invert and magnify the landscape around the pavilion enabling the viewer to contemplate an ever changing landscape of light. As the clouds and sun move across the sky throughout the day, the visual experience for the public dramatically alters minute by minute, hour by hour.