Concert of the Wind
  • f1. view of the PAFC tower
  • f2. 64th floor (showroom)
  • f3. side view showroom
  • f4. detail curves
  • f5. Detail embouchures
  • f6. 115th floor (top floor)
  • f6. Installation - teaser

2015

Commissioned by the Ping An Financial Center (PAFC) 'Concert of the wind' is a sound installation designed to convert the high speed winds at the top of the tower (600 meters) into music.

After simulating birds flocks using 'Processing' the trajectories were translated into curves and used to inform the overall design and geometry of the steel pipes. Their length as well as the shape of the embouchures have been designed to create varying tones corresponding with those heard in traditional Chinese scales.

After completion, PAFC will be the fourth tallest building in the world and the instrument will be permanently installed in their ground floor atrium.

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Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi
Client: Ping An Financial Center
Production: Nexus Interactive Arts
Structural design: David Rieser
Sound design: Dave Meckin