The 230-foot-long sea organ converts waves into random, yet soothing, rhythmic music.
To those inclined to listen to nature’s tune, there’s nothing more harmonic than the crash of ocean waves and seagulls overhead. That is unless the two are paired with a majestic sea organ which is capable of making music from mother nature’s moods.
The incredible ocean invention was designed by Nikola Bašić, who was tired of his war-torn home Zadar being rebuilt with drab concrete structures. Inspired to liven up the area, he designed the Sea Organ.
The instrument is a set of 35 organ pipes installed in the town’s marble jetty that makes beautiful music as the waves lap at the coastline.
Inhabitat shares that the impressive invention is installed in the marble steps leading into the Adriatic Sea. 230 feet long, the Sea Organ, or Morske Orgulje, is able to make music by converting waves into random, yet soothing, rhythmic music.
Each set of steps contains five organ pipes and is tuned to a different musical chord. Those pipes are connected through a series of narrow channels and react accordingly to waves and wind.
Locals adore the soothing music and tourist flock from all over the experience Nikola’s wonder.
The Sea Organ has even won a few architectural accolades, including the 2006 European Prize for Urban Public Space, where it was described as the “perfect grandstand for watching the sunset over the sea and the outline of the [neighboring] island of Ugljan, while listening to the musical compositions played by the sea itself.”
After listening to the video above, one can understand the appeal of visiting and experiencing the oceanic instrument.
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