The iconic Glasgow landmark inspired world-renowned artist Bill Fontana to create a unique work of art, transforming the crane into a musical instrument.
18th April – 3rd May, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
The installation has now ended, but you can watch and listen to two films of the installation in different lighting and weather conditions below.
Scaling the Finnieston Crane, Bill Fontana attached super-sensitive microphones – the equivalent of stethoscopes – to the crane to reveal the sounds that happen deep within its structure. When the wind hits or vibrations run through it the crane sings in a deep haunting voice.
At the same time, Fontana trained a camera looking skywards through the structure, watching as light and weather shift about it – the passing of time around this monumental masterpiece of Scottish engineering.
Beamed up to space and returned via satellite to another architectural icon in Glasgow’s City Centre, the spectacular results were on display in the portico of the Gallery of Modern Art.
To hear Bill Fontana talking about the project on two films, visit the Media Page
With thanks to Bruel & Kjaer for the loan of the accelerometers and charge amplifiers