10) The Wave Organ – San Francisco, California
Built in 1986 on a jetty in San Francisco Bay, the Wave Organ is a made-made wonder. This acoustic sculpture plays music by amplifying the sound of the waves on the bay. The jetty which houses the organ was constructed using carved marble and granite from a demolished cemetery. Finely worked old pieces form the asymmetrical terrace seating. The organ is made of PVC and cement pipes at varying elevations. The sounds heard are formed by waves crashing on the ends of the pipes. Low subtle tones emit from the more than 20 pipes that reach down to the waters of the bay. When the waves hit the shore, the pipes resound with liquid music. Low, gurgling notes ebb and flow with the tide in a restless fashion. As the tides change, the music follows. The phenomena is like putting your ear to a conch shell.
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