Designed to enhance the habit of children running a stick along a fence, the Melody Fence uses posts in four different metals at differing lengths, that when struck play a specially composed melody. This project was a collaboration with composer Bree van Reyk.

The Melody Fence was installed at Ross Park Primary School in Alice Springs in April 2012. It runs along a main footpath entrance and is engaged with every school day by students entering or leaving the school grounds. Two week-long workshops were delivered by Bree and myself as part of the project.

> See it in action


From the workshops:

"I learnt it was a musical fence, ‘cause when I first saw it I thought it was a regular fence"
"I found out that you can actually play music with everything"
"I learnt that even kids can make something sound very nice"


Melody Fence


Steel, aluminium, brass, copper, stainless steel