Artist David Letellier has created, Caten’, a kinetic sound installation for the Saint Sauveur chapel in Caen. It’s a levitating sculpture determined by gravity and guides the evolution of a sound composition.
The work is made up of 300 fine wires suspended from two ropes and moved by gravity and the slow shifting of rotating arms that are connected to the four corners of the stringed tapestry from the building’s mezzanine.
As the wire structure moves it produces an audible interpretation of the 1st verse and four notes (do re, mi, fa) for the prayer ‘ut queant laxis’ or ‘hymn to st john the baptist’ used in the 11th Century to determine the names of the notes of the scale used in latin countries.
The name itself is derived from the term ‘catenar’y, which describes the plane curve formed by a rope hanging between two points.
Complex? Yes. Beautiful? Yes.
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