Few places in San Francisco are as magical as the Sutro Baths ruins at Lands End. I’m hoping to magnify the eerie ambience by placing a wind harp just inside the entrance to the water tunnel and hosting several public ‘Happenings’and musical collaborations this summer and fall.
Named after Aeoleus, the ancient Greek god of the wind, the Aeolian harp is often a simple box with strings stretched lengthwise across two bridges. When placed in the path of a strong breeze, the wind vibrates the strings to produce disharmonic melodies.
The baths accommodated thousands of people and were quite successful in the 1800s but fell to disrepair and ruin in the early 1900s. Adolph Sutro’s original design for the public baths was influenced by ancient Greek architecture, and so my harp will reference Greek mythology, the music bringing to mind a siren’s calls to mariners.
Funds raised will cover the cost of fabrication, transportation to the location, and assistance in transporting the harp into the cave for several scheduled events.
For those interested in the project or in collaborating with me at events, please feel free to contact me and check for updates on the Facebook page. I hope to see you there!