Windribbon is a long brass strip 0.8 mm thick and 1 cm wide, stretched taut between two trees. As its name suggests, the wind makes the Windribbon vibrate. The brass ribbon is far more sensitive to the wind than a string or wire. Rain, snow and acoustic vibrations also make the Windribbon move. Its vibrations are captured by contact microphones and amplified through a speaker. The installation in Klankenbos is a replica of the original Windribbon that the artist, Leif Brush, made in his back yard in 1975.
Leif Brush (USA) is a pioneer of sound art with a fascination for nature. He studied art at the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago. Some of the work he made as a student aleady contain the elements that would come to play a central role in his later work. For example, one of his projects was a huge wind harp built on the school roof. Brush later became a professor at the University of Minnesota. He gradually developed his Permanent Forest Terrain in the wooded garden at his home.
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