Max Eastley – Aeolian Harp and Sculptures for Perrott’s Folly
The exhibition consists of eight Aeolian* single stringed bows mounted on the roof of the tower. The sound the wind makes as it goes through the harps is amplified and played thought speakers onto three of the seven floors below. The artist wants the installation to guide peoples attention to the wind, the atmosphere, climate and sounds of the environment.
Perrott’s Folly is 69 foot tall tower, built in 1758 and is a grade 11 listed building and has a spiral staircase of 139 steps, the only way up and down. It is thought that Perrott’s Folly and nearby Edgbastion waterworks were two of the towers in J. R. R. Tolkine’s Lord of the Rings .
*An Aeolian harp is a harp that plays music when the wind blows through it. named for the Greek God Aelous. This harp has been know for centuries and was first wrote about by Athanasius Kircher in his 1673 book Phonurgia nova, the harp became popular in the 18th century.
The Music produced is both eerie and beautiful and because the weather is in control you never hear the same piece of music twice. I will attempt to visit again before this exhibition finishes.