This winter, “Ice Chimes,” described on the piece’s website as a “winter sculpture reinterpreting a natural process for a city landscape,” will become a part of the Hanover landscape. The 20-foot tall sculpture was designed by architects Keith Moskow ’83 and Robert Linn of Moskow Linn Architects located in Boston.
Originally located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, the sculpture uses 20-ampere electrically powered heating coils to melt the snow and freezing rain it captures on top of its canopy, and then lets the water drip onto and refreeze on copper rods hung from cables.
The ice chimes can move in the wind and ring out their own song before growing heavy under their own weight and falling into a bucket designed to feature the sound of the falling ice, according to Moskow Linn’s website.
The architects credit inspiration for piece from Robert Frost’s poem, “Birches.”
The “Ice Chimes” at Dartmouth will be constructed from parts of the original sculpture. “[The sculpture] was designed to be disassembled” and was “entirely taken apart” at the
end of last winter, said Moskow.
The idea of “Ice Chimes” was conceived as a way to “improve the urban habitat,” Moskow said. “We are really interested in urban interventions.”
The project was funded by Greenway Conservancy, who had approached the firm about doing a project that featured the winter, as well as outside donations, Moskow said.
“Three months out of the year, nothing is growing because it’s winter,” Moskow said. ”So, what can we grow in winter? Icicles!”
“Ice Chimes” will be installed near the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center in the final week of November, Moskow said.
The installation of “Ice Chimes” is part of the Hopkins Center for the Arts “Year of the Arts,” ongoing during the 2012-2013 academic year.
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