Max Eastley is an internationally recognised artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. His sculptures exist on the border between the natural environment and human intervention and use the driving forces of electricity, wind, water and ice.
Having first worked with Ikon in 1979, he returns to make an installation involving eight lightweight Aeolian harps mounted on the roof of Perrott’s Folly, a landmark 18th century tower in Birmingham’s Ladywood district. The sound made by wind blowing through the harps is amplified and fed to loudspeakers at lower levels to combine with the sounds emanating from a number of acoustic sculptures, transforming the interior of the tower into an immersive aural experience.
Audio engineering by Dave Hunt. Presented in partnership with RE:Future Collective.
This exhibition forms part of Looping the Loop, and is supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Michael Marsh Charitable Trust, W.A. Cadbury Trust, Grantham Yorke Trust, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and the Canal and River Trust.
Perrott’s Folly is located 20 minutes walk from Ikon and 5 minutes from Hagley Road. Please note the Folly is only accessible via steep spiral staircase. Please wear flat and sensible footwear.