I found myself in Atlanta for a last minute business meeting. Booking late I was left with 3 hours of downtime before my flight out. On the way to the airport I call my mom up:
"Oh, your sister just finished her installation there"
My sister, Emily, and her roommate formed a team, The Experience Collective, and since graduation have been traveling around Georgia installing a series of massive installations. Their latest was on Atlanta's Belt-line. A reclaimed stretch of train track open as a nature walk / artist space.
I was given loose directions and set out. Wandering through a small neighborhood I knew I was near but had no idea of their installations exact location. Luckly I spotted a patch of graffiti I recognized from the internet and eventually stumbled upon their piece.
The Wind Instrument
Composed of hundreds of domed pennies, drilled and then strung up the piece hangs from a tree like the stinkers on a jelly fish. When the breeze blows the pennies clink together as a giant wind instrument. It took them several months to source materials, pennies after a certain date are not pure copper and would break apart when domed.
Walking up on the piece is almost eerie. You see a series of strands from far off that slowly define themselves as you approach down an empty trail. Getting close you start to see the details and the beautiful simplify of the piece. Simplicity done in series and at such as scale makes the installation very impressive.
The girls say they intend to double the size of the instrument. Already amazing, at double the size the piece will be magical.
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