A human scale version of the ancient musical instrument, the Mbira.
Civic Harmony’s: The Well installation is a human scale version of the ancient musical instrument, the Mbira.
The Well leverages the movement of the ancient musical instrument, the Mbira, and expands the playing surface from a hand held instrument into a large, two-sided public art instrument. By scaling the Mbira, the Well encourages partnership, creativity and improvisation by incorporating interesting tuning relationships across the sixty available notes on each face.
The Well, much like the ancient Mbira, is a very basic instrument that is easily understood and accessible by users of many abilities and skill levels. Play the Well by yourself, with a friend or invite a passerby to join – you might make a new friend!