At first sight you only see a series of what appears to be normal marble steps leading into the Adriatic Sea in Zadar Croatia. Nothing special.
But these plain looking steps hide a beautiful secret – they are actually a large musical instrument, an organ of the sea.
What`s even more interesting is the fact that the ocean is the one playing this instrument, not people.
It`s called the “sea organ” presented to the public in 2005. Needles to say that ever since it`s one of the most popular tourist spots in this area.
The sea has been fascinating and inspiring people for centuries so it’s no surprise that someone was driven to create a very special piece of art.
Nikola Basic, a Croatian architect is the man responsible for designing the sea organ and making this shoreline in Zadar a very special place.
At first look the organ looks like an ordinary series of broad steps that lead into the sea, but there is something very cleaver happening under the surface.
The water as well as air are allowed to flow over the lower steps and funneled into resonant chambers located under the steps. Then the water (along with the air) is pushed through the channels on the upper stairs. This process produces the chrime-like notes and since the sea is always shifting every sound is unique and never repeated twice.
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