Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Music (and Art) in the Garden


Utility and Forest Ecology | Wise Balance

When you think of music or sound in a garden you think of natural sounds, wind blowing through the trees, birds chirping, and the movement of water from a stream or fountain.
In 2011, a Japanese telephone company filmed a television commercial for a Japanese cell phone. It  depicted a giant wooden gravity-driven xylophone, built and deployed in the middle of Kyushu’s, Fukuoka Prefecture Forest. Cantata 147 is played when a wooden ball is released at the top and drops onto each wooden "key,” as it rolls down the sloping instrument. The commercial was a winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
The commercial was a campaign promoting making use of timber from forest thinning of fir and maple grown in Hokkaido. This was an artful way to sell a politically charged concept, balancing the wise use of forest resources, industry vs. preservation. I personally loved this.

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