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“What makes the installation ‘Music on the Water’ by Ilya Kabakov and Vladimir Tarasov, situated on the palace pond in Salzau, so unique is the way it captures the essence of music. The two artists created their idea of a visual ‘field of sound’ in Salzau, and the pier in the pond that seems so raw and artless, has held a strange kind of magical attraction ever since. In the book about ‘Music on the Water’, Kabakov himself has said that ‘notes, sounds create a field of energy, a special ambience.’ Music is experienced as something that happens in a space. ‘The notes arrange themselves in this ambience, and each of us wanders through a space on its energy map.’

“What can the visitor expect? The construction itself seems unfinished; time itself seems to have stopped. A scaffolding has been put up, walls are missing, a stone thrown would find no windows. The distinction between inside and outside has been rendered meaningless. The place provides no cover. Steel wires span the beams that hold no roof, and from them hang various everyday objects such as knives and forks as well as some metal sound rods. The wind breathes through the pier and draws quiet sounds from the objects touching each other.  


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