To Remember Me is a singing sculpture. Known as a wind harp or Aeolian harp, the sculpture creates musical tones which vary in pitch, intensity and harmony according to the wind. To Remember Me is a tribute to the late Ron McElliott who developed the Chula Vista Marina and “loved both music and sailing.”
Art: TO REMEMBER ME
Steel & titanium wind harp sculpture on the north side of Chula Vista Marina by the Dockmaster’s Office.
Location: 32°37’33.5″N 117°06’09.9″W
Artist: Ross Barrable
Learn: Wind harps are acoustic sculptures that interact with the atmosphere to create musical tones. Traditionally known as an Aeolian harp, this musical instrument played by the wind is named for Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the wind. Like Chula Vista Bayfront’s To Remember Me wind harp, is played by sea breezes that blow across the strings to produce sounds. Besides being the only strung instrument played solely by the wind, the Aeolian harp is the only stringed instrument that plays solely harmonic frequencies.
Constructed of stainless steel, with an amethyst sphere and a shape inspired by full sails, the sculpture is fitted with nylon and titanium harp strings which sing with the bay breezes. Locals call To Remember Me the McElliott Memorial wind harp. It’s a reminder that Chula Vista Marina owes its existence to McElliott’s vision, savvy and skill.
10 Ways to Enjoy:
- Sit and listen.
- Count how many species of birds you can spot.
- Play the harmonica.
- Hike along the California Coastal Trail.
- Bike Bayshore Bikeway.
- Fly a kite.
- Feel the breeze on your skin.
- See what critters you can spot in the marsh.
- Admire the boats.
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