To Di Mainstone, a suspension bridge isnt just for walking or cycling over. Its also a musical instrument.
The British artist translates the vibrations of bridge cabling to audible sound, turning infrastructure into something tuneful. A movician dancer/musician pulls strings through different attachments to the bridge, creating a variety of effects.
Mainstone demonstrated her idea on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2013. Now shes at it again in Bristol, using the 150-year-old Clifton Suspension Bridge. Above is her atmospheric new video promoting the project.
One by one she awakens the bridges suspension rods with a tap of her song-spoon and they issue a loud metallic yawn, says the artist, talking of the movician. She pauses by the rod which supplies the most pleasing tone, and watches as her bridge-playing apparatus jumps from her bag and attaches itself to the bridges soaring white shaft.
Weve seen playable interventions that make cities more fun, tactile, socialsay, with musical traffic lights or sociable public benches. Di Mainstones Human Harp plays the city in another sense, tapping into its deepest groaning and rumbling.