Photo of a wind chime sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Weekly Gem #165 A gentle breeze is instrumental

Published 7/14/2018

Location: This weekly gem is located in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (see the Clue Me! Map).

A musician named John Cage wrote a piece of music entitled "Dream." He liked the idea of randomness and leaving things to chance. There is a certain Zen quality about his music.

Another artist, Pierre Huyghe, appreciated Cage's philosophy towards art. He wanted to use nature to celebrate Cage's work. He made a chime for every one of the 47 notes Cage used in "Dream," and hung them as wind chimes from a tree in the Sculpture Garden. If you are lucky, you will hear all 288 chimes recomposing "Dream" and performing an endless melody chosen by the wind.


Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.


Do you see the bell with no clapper? Stand nearby, under the big cottonwood tree and wait for a breeze. Is that the bell you hear or are you just dreaming?


Wind Chime (after "Dream")

Why It's Interesting

You might walk right by this gem on a still day. With luck however, the air will move and you will begin to feel the sound of music written by the wind.

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