On the shores of San Francisco is a huge acoustic sculpture by the Exploratorium, a community museum dedicated to awareness. The Wave Organ was designed and built in 1986 by two of the museum’s artists in residence, Peter Richards and George Gonzales. The Wave Organ is quite literally played by the ocean. Here’s what the Exploratorium has to say about it:
“The Wave Organ is located on a jetty that forms the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco. The jetty itself was constructed with material taken from a demolished cemetery, providing a wonderful assortment of carved granite and marble, which was used in the construction of this piece. The installation includes 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete located at various elevations within the site, allowing for the rise and fall of the tides. Sound is created by the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes.”
Doesn’t that sound fascinating? The Wave Organ is definitely something I need to go see. And when you’re arranging your trip, you should plan to be there at high tide, when the organ sounds the best.