Kinetic Wind Chime Sculpture Creates a ‘Big Bang’ From Rusty Metal Pipes

Swiss artist Etienne Krähenbüh has a unique approach to movement, materials, and sound. While many people would discard rusty metal and consider its shelf life to be over, Krähenbüh gives it a second chance and explores its musical qualities through massive kinetic sculptures. Whether rung by someone or moving simply with the air, the motion of his pieces evokes a punctual, organic choreography, like human breathing.

For his piece titled Big Bang—a play on words with the sound it produces and the origin of the universe—Krähenbüh created a sphere of wind chimes fashioned using 850 cut rusty metal pipes, each hanging from a thread connected to a frame on top. Despite the weight of its materials, the ball keeps its shape. It seemingly defies physics as it moves from side to side whether it's the whole structure or the wind chimes on its exterior layer. The varying strength of the force applied, as well as the different stages of decay in the metal, is what makes each movement so exciting; you can't possibly replicate the sound and the motion given all the variables in play.

There are a handful of iterations of Big Bang out there, the most famous being the one located in the gardens of Château de Vullierens. The artist also presented one at the Paris' Nuit Blanche in October 2022, where its unique wind chimes marveled the attendees. If you want to stay up to date with the artist's creations and upcoming exhibits, you can follow him on Instagram.

Swiss artist Etienne Krähenbüh created a series of pieces titled Big Bang, a massive sphere of wind chimes made with 850 cut rusty metal pipes.

Learn more about this sculpture and see it in action in the video below.

Etienne Krähenbüh: Instagram
h/t: [Reddit]

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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