Interactive Beethoven - Burnie’s new Spiral Walk Public Art Installation

Public artwork entitled ‘Spiral Walk’ by designer/engineer David Owens is being installed this week in the Civic Plaza between the Burnie Regional Museum and the Burnie Arts & Function Centre.

The Spiral Walk is an interactive sculpture; you can play the first eight bars of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode To Joy (from the Ninth Symphony). The order and spacing of the chimes match both the melody and tempo of the tune.

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said, “This Spiral Walk was selected by Council after The Public Art Projects Special Advisory Committee called for submissions as part of capital funding set aside for a Public Art Commission.  It is appropriate to put this in the heart of Burnie’s entertainment and cultural hub.

“The sculpture is available for everyone to interact with and will add to the joy of children and adults using the plaza.” said Mayor Boyd.

The chimes are approximately 2 metres tall and spaced out around a 3.6 metre spiral. They have been fabricated from steam pipe.

Project designer David Owens wanted to make the chimes available to everyone therefore the spacing will allow easy access for wheelchairs. David Owens said “The spiral walk internal loop, followed by the external loop allows you to play the first eight bars of this ageless tune.

“The path represents the ancient rich land of north west Tasmania and the industry in the history of Burnie. The internal loop is a reflection of the personal and the external loop an invitation to participation by the community.” he said.

It is hoped the installation will be complete by the end of June.

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728