PLEASE NOTE: Ice Chimes is no longer installed on the Dartmouth campus.
Designed by Moskow Linn Architects, this interdisciplinary outdoor art project combines architecture, art, music, and science to explore the natural beauty and sound of icicles over the course of their existence. To achieve their reinterpretation of this natural process, the architects designed a perforated shade canopy to capture winter precipitation. Heating coils within the canopy then melt the snow and freezing rain, allowing water to drip through a series of holes onto the thin metal rods that hang below on stainless steel cables. The ice-encrusted rods sway in the wind, clinking and chiming until the icicles grow heavy and fall into the collection bucket below. This bucket is constructed of sheet metal panels that capture and amplify the sound of the crashing and cascading pieces of fractured ice. Keith Moskow, Dartmouth Class of 1983, and Robert Linn have linked the ideas behind Ice Chimes with the first few lines of Robert Frost's poem "Birches":
When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay
As ice-storms do. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
Click here to read the press release about the loan of this work to Dartmouth College.
Last Updated: 5/22/14