Wind Organ

Ali Miharbi for Horniman Museum & Gardens and Delfina Foundation, London

We were contacted by the Delfina Foundation to fabricate this site-specific artwork designed by kinetic sculptor Ali Miharbi. Wind Organ is a series of five tubular structures, each comprising three individual instruments. When blown by the wind, variations in size, shape and volume produce a harmonious range of notes. The piece was co-commissioned by the Horniman for their public gardens.

Our metal fabricators worked closely with the artist to develop his plastic prototype into a more durable design. The piece was fabricated in stainless steel tube capped with custom laser cut discs from our partners at Lasershape. Vertical incisions were cut into the side of each instrument to catch the wind, before being welded together according to the artist’s design. A final polish gives a uniform brushed finish throughout. 

Welded legs raise the finished structures to a final height of 3 meters, allowing the piece to be planted in the grounds of a Horniman on a wind-exposed hill in south-east London. Images courtesy of Ali Miharbi.