Sibelius Monument 3D animation PASSIO MUSICAE OPEN SOURCE


Passio Musicae Open Source is an interactive audio installation and sonification of the Sibelius Monument. Visitors can explore the sounds by moving around in the space. The sounds are constructed from the actual physical dimensions of the 569 steel tubes of the original monument.

In the online live version, you see the real-time movement of the visitors in the space. In the demo version the sounds are heard by moving your cursor over the map.

Credits: Lukas Kühne, Matti Niinimäki, Jairo Acosta Lara, Ava Grayson, Karina Jensen, Narim Lee, Sébastien Piquemal, Taavi Varm, Pirkka Åman.

Sibelius Monument was created by sculptor Eila Hiltunen in 1967. Located at Sibelius Park in Töölö, it is one of the most visited sights in Helsinki. On 22 January 2015, the National Art Gallery of Finland, Ateneum Art Museum revealed Passio Musicae Open Source, an interactive audio installation, a sonified reinterpretation of the Sibelius Monument.

The project has culminated in a unique collaboration between the top Finnish art universities and German sculptor Lukas Kühne. Holding workshops with students from the University of the Art’s Academy of Fine Arts and Sibelius Academy and Aalto University’s Media Lab Helsinki, they created the final work exhibited in Ateneum. Additionally, the code will be made available online, embracing the open source spirit throughout the creation of the installation.

Passio Musicae Open Source has been made possible with the financial support from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the German Foreign Ministry, and is co-initiated and produced with Goethe-Institut Finnland.

The accompanying video installation that is viewable on the site depicts the case of the Hommage à Sibelius, a version of the monument which was on display at Expo 67 in Montréal and later disappeared. A group of artists set out to explore the real and virtual possibilities of what happened, mirroring anecdotal footage and collected knowledge in the form of a montage.