The sound sculpture Tvisöngur by German artist Lukas Kühne was opened for the public September 5 in 2012. It´s located on a mountainside above the town of Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland.
Tvisöngur is built of concrete and consists of five interconnected domes of different sizes. The heights of the domes are between 2 and 4 meters and they cover an area of about 30 square meters. Each dome has its own resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony, and works as a natural amplifier to that tone.
The sculpture can be seen as a visualization of the five-tone harmony tradition. The round form is chosen for its acoustic properties as well as its visual function in the landscape. It results in a unique combination affecting visual and auditory senses. The Icelandic Tvisöngur becomes a sculpture of singing concrete.
Tvisöngur is is open to everyone. It is embedded in the mountainside above the town, in a quiet area with a breathtaking view of the fjord. It offers an acoustic sensation that can be explored and experimented with by thevisitor. The sites solitude and tranquility offers a perfect setting for singing or music playing, alone, in harmony, for ones own pleasure or for an audience.
Lukas Kühnes artworks are dedicated to space and frequency. He lives in Berlin and Montevideo, Uruguay, where he heads the workshop Form and Sound at the Faculty of Arts of the State University. The sculpture Tvisöngur relates to a series of works by the artist dealing with musical forms, one of which is the sculpture Cromatico built in Tallinn, Estonia in 2011.
Map of the location
The building process
Images from the building process are available here.
Tvisöngur is realized in cooperation with Skaftell – Center for Visual Art, East Iceland. It is supported by the Municipality of Seyðisfjörður, Síldarvinnslan hf, Blue Water Shipping, Goethe-Institut Dänemark and Nordecon Betoon, Estonia, Rosario Nuin architect.