Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday Wonder: Candle Pipe Organ

Take a minute to listen to the sound of this nine-pipe candle organ that changes pitch as the wax melts. The organ is the creation of Dutch artist Ronald van der Meijs, who installed the organ in his solo exhibition at De Vishal Haarlem in the Netherlands, "On the Edge of Mystery, Where Discoveries Take Place".

Van der Meijs writes in his Artist Statement, "Each work is a metaphorical and conceptual treatment of sound, space, time and material [that] lend a narrative quality to the machine-like character of the work, causing [it] to transcend [the] merely technological nature and raise the question to what extent our actions and expectations are conditioned."

Read this short article at Atlas Obscura to learn how the organ works, or watch the trailer to 20-minute documentary from Marcella Kuiper.

(My thanks to friend Deborah Barlow for the link.)

Van der Meijs's Website offers a bounty of fascinating projects to explore. See, for example, For whom the tides toll 2.0 (2015) and Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (2009).

Ronald van der Meijs on Vimeo

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