Aeolus is an acoustic sculpture designed by artist Luke Jerram. In this video Ian Drumm, acoustic scientist from Salford University's Acoustic Research Centre discusses its acoustic properties.
When weather conditions are suitable, the stringed instrument will play a haunting melody without any electrical power or amplification and even when it’s not windy, the 2.5m-long tubes hum at a series of low frequencies and intriguing acoustic effects can be heard below the arch. Luke Jerram collaborated with acoustic specialists from the University of Southampton and University of Salford to design Aeolus, which explores the science of acoustics, wind, architecture and light.
Aeolus is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Arts Council England with structural engineering design services provided by the engineering and design consultancy, Arup.