In collaboration with La belle Imira, 2011
For Berlin’s Museum Night 2011, Imira and I have connected the huge water wheel of Berlin’s Technikmuseum with several mechanic music boxes. The water wheel drives the music boxes via a very long rope that makes its way in an expressive zigzag course over several pulleys through the museum’s beautiful garden.
Here’s a video of our first test setup:
And here are some photos of the final exhibition one week later:
The rope gets its power from the rotating barrel inside the forge. The barrel is directly connected to the water wheel outside. A well aligned pulley system inside the wood construction directs the rope around the barrel and outside the window of the little building.
Behind the forge is a little forest where the main part of the installation is set up.
Every second pulley has a musicbox attached. They all play different melodies at the same time and cover the garden in a magic atmosphere.
The looped rope is put under tension with a sand filled bucket. Removing or adding sand changes the tension on the whole system.
Even if it was quite rainy that night, visitors enjoyed our installation a lot!
The photos were taken by Alisa Kossak. You can download them in this Picasa album.
And here are some sound recordings that I made during the exhibition: