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interactive sound sculpture. Mixed media, height 80 cm.

The Omphalomin is a permanent outdoor sound sculpture. It was commissioned by the Helsinki City Art Museum 2006 and it is placed in a park in eastern Helsinki (Rekipellonpuisto, Vesala).

The sculpture is made of stainless steel and creates sound through optical sensors, which react to the movement of the hands of the player. My inspiration for this work was the theremin, one of the first electronic instruments (1919) and designed to be played without being touched by it's creator Léon Theremin.

”Omphalos” is Greek and means ”navel”, the centre of the world. The mirror-like surface of the sculpture reflects the environment, and the optic sensors reacts softly to the movement of the hands of the player. The sound works as a sculptural element – it has a mould, texture and dynamics.

I also planned the three winding stone aisles that lead up to the small hill where the sculpture is placed.

My thanks to Jari Lehtinen who invented the technical solutions, and to Klas Fontell at the Helsinki City Art Museum who believed in the idea.



light sculpture, 2002, 2 m x 2 m, technique mixed.

The "Caleidoskope" was commissioned by the Helsinki City for a new building in Laajasalo in Helsinki (a health and social center).

The lights (duo color RBG LEDs) are programmed to change color in certain intervals. The light pattern is constantly changing, and new mandala patterns are created.


© Gun Holmström 2020