This Organ is Played by the Sea’s Waves

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In 2005, architect Nikola Bašić developed an incredible art installation in Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. What appears to be elegant stairs leading down to the sea is actually a completely unique instrument called a “Sea Organ.”

Thirty-five pipes are hidden below the marble, according to Land Ezine. When the waves rush into the area, the water plays music. The Zadar Tourist Board explains, “On the pipes there are LABIUMS (whistles), which play 7 chords of 5 tones. Above the canal there are perforated stone stairs through which the sound comes out, the air pushed by the sea.”

When it gets dark outside, the installation comes alive even more with a floor that lights up along with the music, as if the sea is hosting its very own dance party. Everyone who visits seems to fall in love with the serenity and uniqueness of the “Orchestra of Nature,” though it can get quite loud sometimes.

You can experience the Sea Organ for yourself in the video below. Be sure to turn on your sound to hear the music the sea makes through this beautiful public art installation.