Beginning with a landscape architect’s suggestion at PennDOT’s 2011 Aesthetic Focus Group meeting for its Lititz Pike Bridge replacement project, the conceptualization and eventual 2015 installation of Lancaster City’s ‘Silent Symphony’ sculpture involved many participants from both private and public sectors including sculptor Lyman Whitaker and Lancaster’s Public Art Manager. Located at a busy Lancaster City gateway, 42 clustered wind sculptures and their complementary plantings now greet local residents and visitors near the replaced bridge span and Pennsylvania’s second-busiest train station.
Reliant on sustainable wind power, the kinetic ‘Silent Symphony’ sculpture enchants thousands of rail passengers, motorists, and pedestrians who experience them each day. The visual interplay between sculpture and nature connects viewers to the shared dynamic of air movement. Like the sculpture, predominantly native plantings rely upon wind passing over this site’s exposed hillside to provide dramatic movement of native grasses and other foliage.