Pat Shingleton: "A Windy Recital"
Tuesday's column noted the intense winds in the Pyrenees Mountains, an area referred to as Ampurden. Salvador Dali believed he could harvest this wind and power a pipe organ. More than 20 years after his death, Spanish entrepreneurs fulfilled Dali's dream by constructing a giant wind-powered organ, originally designed by Dali. Engineers at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona built two prototypes. A wind accumulator collected the wind in a giant funnel that is pushed into a pressure regulator that blows through 500 pipes within the organ. The accumulator factored the wind's unpredictability and lets the organ play itself on windy days with the organist playing it on calmer days. It is located and played near Dali's birthplace of Figueras.