One of the only UK piano makers, Edelweiss Pianos is known for its dedication to crafting exquisite instruments. Recently, the manufacturer of designer pianos introduced “Harmony of Nature,” a collaboration with the visionary Ambika Hinduja Macker from Impeccable Imagination. Launched at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the event was graced by none other than the legendary Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
At the forefront of this innovative venture is Goldfinch, a specialist division of Edelweiss Pianos committed to producing one-of-a-kind piano creations. Operating from their headquarters in Cambridge, Goldfinch extends exclusive invitations to artists and individuals to partake in the collaborative process, resulting in truly unique musical works of art. “Harmony of Nature” marks Goldfinch’s sixth commission, with Ambika Hinduja Macker leading the charge in both inspiration and design.
Hinduja drew her inspiration from the enchanting beauty of autumnal leaves. Transforming this muse into a harmonious form, she sculpted an artistic interpretation that captures the essence of nature in a semi-abstract manner. Goldfinch then took this design and meticulously applied it to a real acoustic piano, ensuring that the instrument maintained the intrinsic beauty of its original form.
The resulting sculpture, cast in bronze and adorned with 22.5 karat moon-gold leaf, skillfully replicates the textures of nature. From a distance, the silhouette of the curled, dried leaf creates a mesmerizing illusion, oscillating between the abstract and the real. Lift the lid, and the glistening black and white keys are revealed, delicately held open by a thin twig-like curvilinear support.
Viewed from above, the sculpture unveils the exposed frame and soundboard, breathing life into the natural form of the artwork. The elongated, elegant structure, from tip to petiole, becomes apparent. The back of the sculpture features two sets of mesh-covered circular holes, essential for sound functionality, cleverly referencing the natural features of fallen leaves.
Adding to the distinctive aesthetic, the pianist’s stool is shaped like a small pebble and covered in the same moon-gold 22.5 karat leaf. This meticulous attention to detail not only enhances the visual appeal of the ensemble but also provides a seamless integration of nature-inspired elements into the functional aspects of the piano.
“Harmony of Nature” represents the synergy between art and craftsmanship, bringing together the creative prowess of Ambika Hinduja Macker and the meticulous expertise of Goldfinch.
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