Sea Organ in Croatia
The sound of the sea can have a very relaxing effect on us all. In Zadar, Croatia, they’ve taken this a step further with this mesmerizing Sea Organ! On the surface, the structure appears to be a set of steps leading into the Adriatic Sea, but if you look a little closer, it’s actually a 230-foot long instrument.
Conceived in 2005 by architect Nikola Bašić, the organ is composed of a series of narrow channels that connect to 35 organ pipes. Each set of steps holds five organ pipes that are tuned to a different musical cord. When the waves and the wind push air through these channels, sound pours through the pipes and onto the steps above.
Although the sound relies entirely on the wave energy’s random time and space distribution, it somehow has a melodic and almost hypnotizing rhythm.
The Sea Organ won the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2006 because it was a “perfect grandstand for watching the sunset over the sea and the outline of the [neighboring] island of Ugljan, while listening to the musical compositions played by the sea itself."