A field of wooden chimes is suspended via brightly colored rope from a square wire grid. At all four sides, the chimes extend to just above the ground. At the center, the chimes are suspended above one’s head. To enter the sukkah, one must fundamentally change its shape and push the chimes aside to make a path, causing them to gently knock together. The boundary between inside and out is obscured by the constantly changing enclosure. The chimes, which are cut from various lengths and diameters of wooden dowels, yield a chorus of different wood echoes. The gentle knocking gradually fades back to silence as the chimes stop swinging and resume their original positions. A strong breeze may move the shortest chimes, producing a different chorus of sounds. The wooden chimes form both the walls and roof of the sukkah – all other materials serve the chimes. The brightly colored rope is not meant to disappear but to show its thickness and glow in the sun.
L’Chime Sukkah was one of ten finalists selected to be constructed on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Sukkah City StL competition. L’Chime Sukkah stood on campus from October 16-22, 2011, during the holiday of Sukkot. Designed and built with Andy Sternad.