Magic in the Sigh of a Breeze


On a still day they may rest hidden in porticoes. Some hang in the garden or lie unseen from the eaves of a roof. Others dangle above a doorway. Some tinkle or clang, ring or peal. All are percussive and attuned in inharmonic spectra.

Used since time immemorial to ward off evil spirits and attract good fortune. Revered from epoch to epoch across borders and seas: the phallic tintinnabulum of ancient Rome, the glass Furin of the Japanese Edo period, the temple bell protectors of 2nd Century India, the strategically placed wind bells of early Chinese pagodas – and still today.

What coastal beach town has not it’s beaded shell strings, or suburban garden it’s tinkling muse, or city balcony it’s melodic ring?

All vibrate to the continuum of these magic dancing objects, sentinels from an age gone by, that wait in silence for their aural signifier the gentle sigh of a breeze. A stir of treetops, the lift of a zephyr, then Wind Chimes.