Can we make music by interacting with the world around us?
Suspension bridges are some of our largest man-made instruments. Much like violins or pianos they are made of strings (in this case cables) under tension that can be played. So, how do you turn a bridge into an instrument?
“Human Harp is an instrument that clips to suspension cables, enabling us to hear and play a bridge’s song….Human Harp connects engineers, dancers, designers, musicians and bridge lovers from around the world…” 1
It is hard to describe this fascinating piece in action, so here is a performance on one of America’s most iconic bridges, the Brooklyn Bridge…
With a piece that is this elaborate and creative, it is always interesting to hear the story and intention of its creator.
Here is Di Mainstone speaking with The Creator’s Project explaining the story and future of the Human Harp…
There is something beautiful about watching people interact with the seemingly mundane built environment in a new way.
Suspension bridges are marvels of engineering and yet we hardly ever take the time to appreciate them.
They carry the tension and weight of entire cities in their cables. A rush of traffic, commerce, energy. Some are sculptural, others monolithic. Some are iconic, others forgotten. And what is beautiful about the Human Harp is that it brings out the beauty and artistry of these very often unappreciated structures.
Any project that makes us pause and reflect on parts of the world we forget to appreciate is important to reintegrating wonder into our daily lives.
If you liked this spatial intervention, we suggest you go check out the work of Olafur Eliasson! He also does a great job explaining the importance of art that challenges us to expand our worldview!
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- “About.” Human Harp. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2016. <http://humanharp.org/>. ↩
- Human Harp. “Human Harp 130th Anniversary Intervention, Brooklyn Bridge.” Vimeo. Humanharp, 8 Aug. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2016. <https://vimeo.com/71960933>. ↩
- “Making Music with the Brooklyn Bridge | The Human Harp.” YouTube. The Creators Project, 21 Aug. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U02X8UWgxY>. ↩