Monument to Eduard Tubin


Veronika Valk-Siska
ZiZi & YoYo Architecture


Aili Vahtrapuu (sculptor), Louis Dandrel (sound)


2004, 1st prize


Theatre Vanemuine, Tartu, Estonia




Completed in 2005


Tartu City


ZiZi & YoYo Architecture


Awarded Projects, Landscape and Urban Planning, Public Projects


Competition, Tartu

Eduard Tubin was one of the most popular Estonian composers of his time. This monument was built in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The interactive light and sound installation allows the visitor to hear fragments of his music either by punching the gongs on the wall, or sitting on the concrete seats covered by black rubber, which emit light onto the white surfaces on the ground and the wall. Both light and sound are programmed so that the visitor could rearrange the sequence of the musical fragments according to their own liking. In the evening and the dark half of the year light and sound act following a pre-programmed composition. Loudspeakers arranged in 4 rows or groups create a waving soundscape on the slope between the theatre and the river. The monument resembles a giant drum set, where people can joyously dance in between the seats playing the gongs, initiating fragments from Tubin’s music.

Hence emerges a spontaneous site specific choreography including young and old, students and office workers. Local teachers often take their pupils to the monument for outdoor music or history classes.