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IRELAND 100: Installation: The Earth Harp

IRELAND 100: Installation: The Earth Harp

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Sunday, June 5, 2016

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Installation artist and musician William Close has created the world's largest stringed instrument to fill the Hall of States. Visitors can view this stunning installation and hear it played during daily short performances. Free, no tickets required.

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IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
The Earth Harp
An installation by William Close

William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument. Close's work explores the connection between architecture and music--taking inspiration from the Frank Lloyd Wright quote "architecture is frozen music," he creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument.
 
William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His installations and performances have been experienced by audiences throughout the world, stretching to the top of the Seattle Space Needle, the Famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Coliseum in Rome, and been played from Hong Kong and India to the Lincoln Center. He also holds the Guinness Book of World Records Record for the World's Longest Playable Stringed Musical Instrument.
 
For IRELAND 100, Close will create a special Earth Harp to fill the Hall of States. Visitors will be able to view this stunning installation, as well as hear it played during daily short performances according to the following schedule:

May 17: 7–7:30 p.m.
May 18-20, 23-27 & 31 and June 1-3: 5:30–5:50 p.m. & 7:05–7:20 p.m.
May 21 & 28: 12:50–1:10 p.m., 3:10–3:30 p.m., 5:30–5:50 p.m. & 7:05–7:20 p.m.
May 22: 12:30–12:50 p.m., 3:10–3:30 p.m. & 5:30–5:50 p.m.
May 29: 2:10–2:30 p.m. & 4–4:20 p.m.
May 30: 5:30–5:50 p.m.
June 4: 12:30–12:50 p.m., 3:10–3:30 p.m., 5:30–5:50 p.m. & 7:05–7:20 p.m.

June 5: 12:30–12:50 p.m., 3:10–3:30 p.m. & 5–5:20 p.m.

This installation is free, no tickets required, and open from 10 a.m. until the building closes at midnight. 

Watch and Listen

IRELAND 100 Festival Trailer