MEDIA RELEASE: 26 March 2012
Giant Singing Sculpture to Touch Down in Canary Wharf
Luke Jerram presents: Aeolus – Acoustic Wind Pavilion
27 March – 10 May 2012
Canada Square Park
Canary Wharf, E14
A giant acoustic sculpture that sings with the passing breeze is being installed into the heart of Canary Wharf this Spring.
Making its London debut in Canary Wharf, Aeolus is named after the God of the four winds in Greek mythology. It consists of low tension nylon harp strings attached to 310 polished stainless steel tubes, directing the air into the centre of the sculpture, creating ‘song’ as it does so.
Aeolus is the outcome of a three year investigation into acoustics, wind and architecture by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram, also well known for the Play Me I’m Yours project, where dozens of pianos are installed across central London for the public to play every summer. Jerram’s Aeolus was inspired by a research trip to Iran, where he met a well-digger in the Qanat desert who spoke of “the wells singing in the wind”.
The sculpture will be positioned in Canada Square Park. It provides both acoustic and optical sensations, with the pipes framing, inverting and magnifying the landscape, which in Canary Wharf will include the reflected architecture of the UK’s tallest skyscrapers. The viewers’ experience will change throughout the day as the clouds and sun move across the sky and surrounding buildings.
Luke Jerram said: “Creating Aeolus has been the most challenging and rewarding of all my artworks to date. It’s been amazing to have had the support of a great team and so many organisations to make Aeolus come in into being.”
Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group said: “Aeolus will be a spectacular addition to our arts programme. It is a mesmerising example of art, architecture and science all coming together. I am looking forward to seeing it in Canada Square Park, surrounded by the reflective skyscrapers, where it will complement the tranquil space set within this bustling business and shopping district.”
Aeolus has been created with input from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton and University of Salford. Funding was provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Arts Council England. Outokumpu have sponsored the project by providing the stainless steel.
Canary Wharf hosts over 100 events annually and has over 60 permanent works of public art sited on the estate, in addition to its temporary sculpture exhibitions, which are currently showing work by Sir Anthony Caro and Judith Cowan. In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards.
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About Luke Jerram
Aeolus is one of a range of complex and ambitious arts projects that Bristol based artist Luke Jerram has recently created. Jerram is well known for Play Me, I’m Yours – where dozens of pianos are installed across cities for the public to play (www.streetpianos.com) and Sky Orchestra – a flotilla of seven hot air balloons with speakers attached that fly over cities playing music. Sky Orchestra was commissioned by the Mayor of London and performed last summer across London to celebrate one year to go for the Olympics.
After its debut at Canary Wharf, Jerram will be seeking a permanent home for Aeolus, and is interested in hearing from potential buyers.
About Canary Wharf Arts & Events
The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and they are enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.
This diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.
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About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)
Canary Wharf Group is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
Canary Wharf has a working population of nearly 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world.
Following the recent announcement to build a new headquarters for European Medicines Agency at 25 Churchill Place, the Group has plans in place to continue to develop Canary Wharf in the coming years.
The Group is currently constructing the Canary Wharf Crossrail station ahead of schedule and on budget, which is ready to receive the Crossrail tunnel boring machines in Summer 2012.
Canary Wharf Group also has joint ventures outside Canary Wharf at 20 Fenchurch Street (with Land Securities) and the Shell Centre (with Qatari Diar).
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