Luftgitarre #2, 2008
Fiberglass, aluminum, wood, circuits, solar cells, motors, motion sensors, paint
34 in / 86 cm, height
80 in / 203 cm, diameter
Suspended from the gallery ceiling, Schülke’s Luftgitarre series sculptures are human in scale and resemble musical stringed instruments such as the banjo, violin and contrabass. Floating mid-air, the effortless rotation of these sculptures conjures a familiar echo of explosive chords ringing in a live concert. The simple auditory experience delivered by these objects contrasts with their visual complexity. Activated by the approach of visitors, a minimal pluck of a singular steel cord results from Schülke’s elaborate and delicate construction of solar panels, wood, a motion sensor and propeller.