An eerie orchestral chord floats on the breeze; it’s the shimmering sound of a 27-foot-tall harp being strummed by the wind.
This self-renewing vortex is formed by water pumped from the bottom of a 6-foot-high, 2-foot-diameter Plexiglas cylinder and then returned to the top at a high rate of speed. The resulting swirl forms a beautiful whirlpool which can reach all the way to the bottom of the cylinder or disappear completely at the whim of the visitor.
The Listening Vessels are two large parabolic sound reflectors set 50 feet apart from one another on the museum floor. When visitors sit opposite each other, the sound coming from each reflector is focused, allowing them to clearly hear the other's voice in spite of the distance separating them or the noise in the museum.
04/16/2013 to 10/30/2014