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Salamander

Salamander

Spirit Chaser Series
"Salamander" Giant Wind Chime
Junk Metal and wood
84"long x 82"high x 12"depth
Bill Wilson 2021

Spirit Chasers are giant wind chimes that can also be used as screens, room dividers or abstract dimensional hangings.  They are made from bullet riddled propane tanks and metal found in the Mojave Desert, and salvaged metal parts found at garage sales and flea markets. The wood hangers are made from Smoke Tree, Tamarisk, Manzanita, Acacia and other woods that have dried on the desert or mountain floor.

Brutalist and organic in form, Salamander is composed of Smoke Tree wood, rusted steel pipe, copper pipe, bullet riddled fire extinguisher and propane tanks, tin circles, ceramic insulators, and a loading ramp.

Each Spirit Chaser has a unique pitch and sound.  Wind chimes are considered percussion instruments  They are usually hung outside of a building or residence as a visual and aural garden ornament. Since the percussion instruments are struck according to the random effects of the wind blowing the chimes, the sounds emanated from wind chimes have been considered an example of chance-based music. The tubes or rods may sound either indistinct or distinct pitches.

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