Air Song

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Air song is a model of a sculpture designed for the Navy Pier in Chicago during the 1998 sculpture walk. This was a curated exhibition that requested models, that if selected for the final exhibition would be built for the Navy Pier scultpure walk.

Air Song was designed as a viewer activated panpipe. Wind was to come into the pipes and create a supply of air which was blown through the various length panpipes affixed to the side of the sculpture. The viewer would activate the pipes by putting their hands at the bottom of the pipe creating the necessary block for the panpipes to resonate.

When observing the pier site I made three primary observations that gave rise to this design. 1) The wind on the navy pier was always strong, coming off of lake Michigan and it seemed the perfect non electrical source of power 2) no matter which sculpture children would see, they would always want to interact with the work irregardless of the piece being designed for interaction or not. This seemed to make every work a kind of abstract monkey bar, 3) the nautical theme of the large aeration pipes that sit atop of ship decks is a strong sculptural form which both brings air into the bow of ships and releases air.

While the model was sold at the show because a Chicago Collector was excited about seeing it built, the piece was not curated into the final exhibition, and I hope to realize this work at a future windy public pier.

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