The myrtle tree garden in Xiangyang, China is a unique place, once you enter it you are completely surrounded by more than 500 vibrant colored steel fins that vary in height. ” The Soundwave ” is the recently completed landscape sculpture built by Beijing & Vienna-based practice penda. The sculpture is a visual representation of a solidified moment of motion
Looking like trees within the tropical landscape, this field of fins in four different shades of purple which is the tone of the myrtle tree gives its visitors the feeling of being surrounded by tree trunks. Like many public squares throughout China. The plaza is largely used by locals for group dancing. Each fin is perforated at the crown containing stripes of LED lights hidden inside.the 500 fins produce a spectacle of lights that react to the surrounding movement and noise, the louder the noise, the most vivid the movement and the brighter the illumination of the lights. Spaces between the fins vary from narrow to wide areas, giving the visitors and dance groups an opportunity to interact with the sculpture by day and night.
From a distance, the sculpture can be seen as a transitional space between the city and the landscape
The fins are perforated stainless steal panels. by day, their matte finish reflects its surrounding and transforms with the position of the sun, this creates a constantly-changing appearance of the sculpture. The fins are also located in four different water ponds which add to the play of light. At night. the lighting within the fins creates an ever transforming image which reacts to the visitors movements
Panels divide pathways for visitors inside the site
The fins are clad by perforated stainless steal-panels