Harry Bertoia was an Italian-born America artist, working in furniture design and sound artist. Beginging in the 1950’s, his success in modern furniture design allowed him to devote a significant amount of time to his sound sculptures.
Describing his sound sculptures, Harry Bertoia said: “I build sculptures that can move in the wind, or that can be touched and played, like an instrument,” Bertoia said in an interview that aired on public television a few years before he died in 1978. “My works are all over the world. But for years, I have kept my best pieces at home, which is really my laboratory.”
Those best works, roughly 100, he called his “Sonambient” sculptures. He played them in concert but also recorded albums that he sold to collectors.
NPR: Sound Sculptor Harry Bertoia Created Musical, Meditative Art – March 26, 2016