Mechanical seesaws take over former church

Mechanical seesaws take over former church
Photo: Klangraum Krems
One hundred and fifty mechanical seesaws have been installed in a former church in Austria, in a work of art by Swiss artist Zimoun.

Zimoun’s latest installation is aptly called ‘150 prepared dc-motors, 270kg wood, 210m string wire’.

The seesaws are made from long batons that pivot vertically on short upright lengths – making a discordant, rhythmic sound that echoes around the church as they strike the floor. Each seesaw has a motor that powers a thin metal arm.

They are scattered around the nave and transepts of Klangraum Krems – a Gothic church which has been converted into an arts space in the town of Krems an der Donau (Lower Austria). 

“The sum of all those individual systems is generating rich textures in sound and motion, while the architecture of the church is reflecting and amplifying all the tiny sounds all over the space,” Zimoun said.

Zimoun's other work has included installations made up of mechanical cardboard boxes.

The installation is open until July 26th, 2015.


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