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Art Meets Science on Sandy Beach

The "chimes" are 100-pound spruce logs suspended from a steel cable strung between two of the old pilings on the beach.

Ryan with chimes on Sandy Beach, Douglas Alaska

Ryan Cortes and his Taku Wind Chimes

Art student and UAS PR office student photographer Ryan Cortes Perez is featured in several local media stories on his latest outdoor sculpture installation, the Taku Wind Chimes. Here is an excerpt from an article in the March 9 edition of the Capital City Weekly: “Most Juneau residents spent the last weekend in February trying to avoid the hurricane-force winds blowing through town. Ryan Cortes Perez figured it would be a good time to put up his new art installation on Sandy Beach. The "chimes" are 100-pound spruce logs suspended from a steel cable strung between two of the old pilings on the beach.  A drummer himself, Ryan loves the soft wooden "clonk" as the wind moves the logs "as if they were toothpicks." "Who would have thought that the wind would be such a percussionist!" he said. Ryan envisioned the wind chimes for a class project. His sculpture professor Pedar Dalthrop encouraged him to pursue it.” Community interest in the project is high and Ryan’s video of the project has received more than 2,200 views. It can be seen at vimeo.com/20484706.

 
 

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