Slovang Wind Harp

636 Atterdag Road, Solvang, California 93463 USA

“where the wind plays songs”

Now obscured by a bunch of oak trees, the wind harp (or Aeolian harp) originally topped one of the towers of the Danish Pavilion at San Francisco's 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. When the exposition ended in December 1915, almost all of the buildings were demolished (with the exception of the Palace of Fine Arts). Fortunately, the wind harp was salvaged and then transported to the newly settled town of Solvang.  The design of the wind harp is modeled after the tidskugle (time ball) which used to top Copenhagen's St. Nikolai Church. Originally made of wood and bamboo, the noisy sculpture is now entirely made of metal. The harp works by being spun as the wind passes through its many threads, creating a variety of musical tones depending on the weather.  The historic harp now sits behind a nursing home, slowly being overtaken by branches and plants. It may not make much music these days but the harp certainly still sings of the history of Solvang.

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Slovang Wind Harp

636 Atterdag Road
Solvang, California
93463 USA

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