Tympani Lambada is a sculptural embodiment of the structures by which we hear and balance, combining fire, vibration and sound to create an experience rich with visceral sensuality. The bone and membrane of the inner ear’s vestibular system is transformed into steel and fire. Tympani’s steel arches are transformed into the appearance of bone by a custom paint finish, giving the surface a unique tactile experience. This sculpture takes the seldom seen structures we depend on every day and shows them off at a stunning scale.
Two steel arches reach up to 33 1/2’ high, giving the sculputure a strong visual impact even from afar. A third arch is suspended in space, glowing with LEDs that will illuminate the area at night after fire. The interior of the piece is described by gracefully extending tubules, connecting nerve clusters, and a spiraling cochlea. Sheets of fire burst off the tall arches, activated from below by buttons driven by participants.
The vestibular system arches create a dramatic backdrop for the spiral of the cochlea, manifested as a 13-foot high, 15-foot wide liquid fire fountain. A graceful flow of fire spirals down the delicate interior of the cochlea, occasionally rippling from sound vibrations emanating through the sculpture. The fountain provides a visually stunning yet calmer, more grounded area within the overall sculpture.
Tympani creates an environment with a 80’ long, 25’ wide footprint
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