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The 9/11 Sound Sculpture … a Virginian Designs a Voice For the Silent

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Xaver Wilhelmy
Master Craftsman of Pianos and Organs
Geshenke as Glas Studio, Harrisonburg, Va

A work of art emerged from the sorrow of 9/11, a vision insired by the loss of 2,996 souls, and intended to “speak” for each of the perished. Staunton master craftsman Xaver Wilhelmy envisioned this one-of-a-kind pipe-organ featuring glass pipes, a medium he was the first in the world to use, emblazond with the American flag. There would be one pipe to represent each of the 2,996 so their voices would not be permanetly silenced, and so he enlisted the help of Staunton artist Bob Kirchman to design and bring the dream to life.

“I thought, one ought to remember the life. One ought to remember the interaction, the voices of people,” Wilhelmy would later say.

The dream slowly became reality as Wilhemy and Kirchman worked together while Kirchman listened and sketced out Wilelmy’s vision. The design was entered as a contender for the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and though another design was chosen, the Sound Sculpture is a melodic reminder of a dark day in America’s history.

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