“Singing, Ringing Tree,” played by the wind in Lancashire (photograph by Mark Tighe)
Other than the ubiquitous wind-chimes sounding on your balcony, there are a variety of instruments that are played only by the wind, ranging from those small enough to sit on your windowsill to massive pieces of modern art and poorly-designed skyscrapers.
While known in ancient Greece, India, and China, the Aeolian harp (“Aeolian” from the ancient Greek god and “keeper of the winds,” Aeolus) was “rediscovered” in Europe during the 1650s, by Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit priest, and went on to become a popular feature in Romantic-era households.
The idea is simple: a number of strings (usually an even number) are strung over a sound chamber, and the instrument is then left somewhere with a strong breeze.
The wind does the rest.
Oodena Celebration Circle (photograph by AJ Batac)
The Forks is a community meeting place in Winnipeg, and the impressive-looking Forks mark the autumnal equinox and the summer and winter solstices. The location is believed to date back 6,000 years as a place of gathering.