• Co-authors: Aili Vahtrapuu (sculptor), Louis Dandrel (sound)
  • Open competition 2004: 1st prize
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Size: 228m2
  • Status: completed 2005
  • Client: Tartu City
  • Photos: ZiZi & YoYo Architecture

Eduard Tubin was a highly popular Estonian composer, the monument is in honour of his 100th anniversary.

Within this interactive light and sound installation, visitor can hear fragments of his music by knocking on the gongs on the back wall, as well as rest on black rubbery concrete seats emitting light from underneath onto white ground and wall surfaces. Both light and sound are programmed so that the visitor arranges the sequence of the musical fragments, yet light and sound are also partially pre-programmed for night time. The monument resembles a giant drumming set: people joyfully dance back and forth playing the gongs, igniting fragments from Tubin’s music.

Hence emerges spontaneous on-site choreography of young and old, students and office workers. Local teachers take music or history classes to the monument for outdoor learning experience. Loudspeakers arranged in 4 rows or groups create a waving soundscape on the slope between the theater and the river.