Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes – Dresden, Germany - Atlas Obscura

Kunsthofpassage Singing Drain Pipes

When the rain falls, this drain system turns into a musical instrument. 


When the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage turns into a charming musical instrument.

The “Courtyard of Elements” is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town. It’s part of the Kunsthofpassage series of courtyards, which is an art experiment by the tenants of the apartment buildings on which the works are installed. Created by sculptor Annette Paul and designers Christoph Rossner and Andre Tempel, this piece was inspired by Rube Goldberg Machine, converting the mere patter of rainfall into a spectacular orchestral symphony.

The other installations in the Kunsthofpassage project include Hof des Lichts, or “Courtyard of Light,” Hof der Tiere, “Courtyard of Animals,” and Hof der Metamorphosen, “Courtyard of the Metamorphoses.”

Know Before You Go

This attraction is inside a pedestrian only courtyard, so it cannot be seen by driving past. Follow these Google Maps directions by foot to reach the singing drainpipe

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