The sound and light sculpture, Hulda, is a string instrument that produces both sound and light. During performances Hulda’s surroundings are filled with sounds, patterns, shadows and colours that constantly change. Inside the instrument are built in lights connected to a computer that analyses the frequencies of the notes being played and interprets the information and translates the sounds to light.
Lilja María designed and built the prototype in 2013 as her final project when she was studying fine arts in Gardabaer College. In the summer 2016 she received a grant from the Icelandic Student Innovation Fund to develop the sculpture under the supervision of Berglind María Tómasdóttir, associate professor in contemporary music performance at Iceland University of the Arts, and Jón Marinó Jónsson, violin maker. Stefán Ólafur Ólafsson advised on the programming of the lights.