The Sound Well

     The sound well in Speck’s Hof mall near Nicholaikirche is a very strange sight to see. It is a bowl of water about a foot and a half in diameter. The lip flattens out and continues several inches, with the end result being a top that is roughly two and half feet across. The well is on a similar sized pedestal, stretching upward about three feet. It is positioned in the middle of a circle of metal, forming a clock on the ground about eight feet across, with a laser pointing to the correct time. The entire thing is made of copper or a copper alloy. It has a pair of decent sized handles around the dish. One can approach, wet one’s hands, and rub on these handles. If done correctly, it produces a deep satisfying humming sound and the water resonates, bouncing up and down. It’s really difficult to do, and as we were failing at it, a sweet old lady came up and showed us how it’s done. Dampening her hands, she schooled all of us and made it work wonderfully. She did this for several minutes, often stopping to either dampen her hands again, or to complain about how wet the handles were and wipe them off with her hanky. It was very interesting, and she was able to teach a few of us how to do it as well.

I could not figure out who built it and why. If anyone has information about it, I would love to know.

Here is a video I found on youtube, demonstrating the technique:


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