The Aeolian Harp Pavilion was designed & built by Mark Norris for the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, to commemorate a particularly old Wych Elm tree felled in the gardens in 2003 after Dutch Elm Disease.
The 39 string Aeolian Harp is made from Wych Elm timber saved from the Botanic's tree and it is housed within its own glass-roofed Pavilion made of Wych Elm with brass railings and a brass cupola. After striving to create lighter weight Norris harps in recent years, this was an interesting contrast, weighing in at around 2,400kg of timber, brass & glass!
The Pavilion also features a decorative wooden floor and front steps made from inlaid panels of Elm & Ash ... and a solar panel on the roof operates a mechanism to rotate the harp.
This time-lapse film showing the installation of the Pavilion in May 2014 also features a nice sound track by Savourna Stevenson playing a Norris Harp