As a new season approaches, more and more articles are written about Croatia. Honestly speaking, sometimes we feel a bit embarrassed when we read so many compliments about Croatia and especially Dalmatia and its coast. The latest eulogy come from famous British newspaper The Guardian, in its issue from January 21st. The Guardian's journalist, Trevor Cox, placed Sea Organ in Zadar on the list of top ten strangest musical instruments of the world.
Now, you probably wonder what does music instruments have to do with yacht charter?! Well, this instrument is truly unique because it is powered by the strength of Adriatic. It has been built relatively near new cruiser port and present a part of Zadar's new Riva - seaside promenade. In its global, it looks like integral part of the coast line but actually it is complex of steps, stairs that descend into the sea, just like you can see on the picture below.
Those stairs stretch 70 meters along the coast an on their lowest, sea level, 35 pipes of different length and diameter were built in vertically. Those pipes raise till the paved horizontal part of the shore. If you were to remove all those stone blocks built over those pipes you would see that every pipe has so called labiums which are able to play 7 chord of 5 tones. The sound produced by this spectacular instrument can be heard coming out through perforated stairs. Actually, the movement of the sea pushes the air through the pipes and the sound comes out/can be heard coming out through the stairs. (picture below: perforated sea organ stairs)
Zadar inhabitants are proud that such unique installation is part of their city, installation that attracts tourist from all over the world to come and see it. Place around the sea organ swiftly became hot spot not only for tourists but also for locals. They come there to spend some quality time and to relax while the sea composes new and unexpected melodies. That sound seems to be produced by the best orchestra - the "Orchestra of Nature" as locals call it
This whole area got additional value thanks to the modern installation called "Greeting to the Sun" that interconnects with the Sea Organ are and makes one incredible cultural core in this southern part of the city, on famous Zadar Peninsula. Tis hight tech installation is made up of 300 multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle. Under the glass conduction plates photo-voltage solar modules were put and they enable symbolic communication with nature. The aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound. So, each time the sun goes to sleep, you have the opportunity to witness the beauty of the nature combined with human ingenuity. (picture below: Greeting to the Sun by Boris Kacan)
Nikola Bašić, Croatian architect, received the European Prize for Urban Public Space in Barcelona in 2006. for his Zadar Sea Organ project, as the best among 207 candidate projects from across Europe.
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