Flow is an art project that was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad Commission for the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. The wooden house is basically a floating musical instrument. Its tones are created in a number of ways — the strength of the tides, the saltiness of the water and how murky it is.
The Owl Project & Ed Carter, the art and design team behind Flow, specialize in creating music making structures out of wood and electronics. Some of their smaller previous projects included log speakers for your Ipod and laptop log cases. After receiving one of twelve £500,000 awards for their proposal, the Owl Project got busy. Their artistic vision statement was as follows:
FLOW is a floating self powered structure based on a traditional ‘Shipmill’. A waterwheel will harness the power of the river Tyne. We are going to use this energy to power a number of electro-acoustic musical instruments that combine mechanical automation and digital technology to produce sounds that respond to the river.
It project officially opens to the public in Newcastle, UK this Sunday. If you’re in the area during the next few months or attending the Olympics this Summer, go with the Flow and experience nature and man-made structures create music. You’ll find more information at Flowmill.org.