Windtrills

Submitted by: RANA ABBOUD

Windtrills
Type: Open
Category: Build
Date: May, 2017

Windtrills

Submitted by: RANA ABBOUD
Contact the designer: www.codessi.net

Introduction

‘Windtrills’ are a new riff on the old wind-chime. Fabricated from CNC milled timber, these modular sculptures may be arranged separately or clustered together.

The Whole Story

Each ‘Windrill’ stem consists of six hanging wooden ‘flowers.’ When wind blows across the sculpture, the flowers sway, causing the timber flowers to strike the hollow metal ‘stamen’ within and chime. The six flowers vary in scale, with the chimes’ lengths within varying accordingly. Together, each ‘Windtrill’ stem comprises a musical pentatonic scale based on the B flat major scale, with five distinct notes; the sixth flower chimes one octave above the base note, forming a perfect cadence. The pentatonic scale enables all notes to harmonise with minimal dissonance, and B flat major specifically is a scale routinely found in folkloric music, blues and jazz. The chimes imbue their chosen location with a relaxed, inviting feel. They also make audible the degree of wind at any given site. A light breeze causes only the smallest flowers to sway and chime, while a strong wind shakes entire stems, yielding a cacophony of sound, as the timber heads bump into one another adding a soft knocking to the chiming melody.
Windtrill stems may be installed in clusters –for instance, as groups of two or three- or in single stem formations. They are fabricated from timber, a sustainable and natural resource. Each stem comes with a cylindrical concrete base that may be buried in the earth with minimal impact, and easily dug out if and when the stems are to be relocated to a new location.


Windtrills

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