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Goldfish Play Glass Harp In Art Installation

Artist Henry Chu has created something unique: a glass harp played by goldfish.

 

Great musician?: Photo by Martina Rathgens, flickr.Great musician?: Photo by Martina Rathgens, flickr.

 

The mechanism is fairly simple to explain: the goldfish are housed in an aquarium, glasses of various sizes are placed on the aquarium's lid, motion sensors detect when a fish swims beneath a particular glass, and the sensors trigger a sound similar to the one produced when a wet finger is dragged across the rim of the glass.

 

Still, you have to see it (and hear it) to believe it. Visit Chu's web site to play a video of the fish harp in action.

 

In an interview with The Creator's Project,  the artist explained a little about the concept: "... I didn't want to make this into an instrument, so I made it non-interactive and purely for enjoyment. It's just like keeping a fish. You don't get much interaction (although you can smack at the fish bowl, but the intention is to 'admire' the fish. Observation leads to experience and understanding.) I was looking for the most natural sound-generating method. Finally I thought of a 'glass harp' instrument. Fish bowl plus the glass harp concept became the artwork."

 

The installation is on display at agnes b.'s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE in Hong Kong through January 12th.

 

Cindi Brown
Animal Blogger
PetsLady.com

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