Musical Fence

A row of tuned tubes becomes a musical instrument in Science Park

Musical Fence is a creation of artist Paul Matisse. The vertical aluminum pipes vibrate and emit sound when gently struck with a rubber mallet. The sound pipes are mounted in a reinforced concrete beam and make a musical instrument with almost limitless sound possibilities. Stand still and play a tune, or walk quickly past the sound tubes, and “strum” them with the soft hammer—the melody is up to you.