Eaux Claires organ sculpture to remain in city permanently

'Baroque' sculpture, by artist Edoardo Tresoldi, at the Eaux Claires music festival in August 2016Nate Ryan/MPR

August 17, 2016

One of the most striking features of this past weekend's Eaux Claires music festival in Eau Claire, Wisc. was the organ music emanating from a giant mesh sculpture right in the center of the festival grounds.

Between sets by bands like Bon Iver and Lucius, organists would play classical music on an instrument enmeshed in a tall rectangular sculpture called Baroque, by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi. The sculpture includes a hollowed-out area in the shape of a pipe organ, though the actual organ used for performances was a much smaller instrument — an electronic substitute with no pipes.

Now, VolumeOne reportsBaroque will have a permanent home somewhere in Eau Claire. The festival's artistic director Michael Brown volunteered the sculpture as a donation after an Eau Claire city council member requested that a separate mural from the festival be donated to the city. Brown and festival founder Justin Vernon agreed that they'd like to see Baroque, too, find a permanent home in Eau Claire.

At the moment, the sculpture is being removed from the festival grounds and put into storage, "where it will be stored until it finds a permanent home -- possibly in one of the city's parks, where it could serve as a ready-made (if small) performance venue."