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date: 09 December 2019

Hollis, Douglas locked

  • Hugh Davies

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(b Ann Arbor, April 21, 1948). American sculptor. He received his BFA from the University of Michigan in 1970. Strongly influenced by a Native American world-view, he has used sound elements in several outdoor installations constructed in Berkeley, California, and elsewhere in public sites since the mid-1970s. These include large aeolian harps, and (from 1980) a series of ‘singing bridges’ in which wind and water are involved. In Waterwalker (1981), for example, a jetty 30 metres long, floating on large empty oil drums, is built out into a lake; it functions as a resonator for a wind harp constructed from some 60 polypropylene strings which are anchored in the water on each side and cross a metal pipe, supported on five upright poles 6 metres tall, so as to form a roof-shaped triangular structure above the jetty. A Sound Garden (1983), commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle, Washington, uses wind-activated organ pipes mounted on movable vanes. Recent work that reflects Hollis’s interest in ecological design includes Wind Ensemble (...

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