Wood Structure, Wood Inlay, Bronze, Metal Strings - 2014


The Mandoleon is a string instrument concept inspired by the Neapolitan mandolin. It is composed of a maple half sphere decorated with traditional wood inlay, and a metallic interior armature forming different angles and serving as a structure for metal strings. Each string segment produces a specific sound frequency, which is then amplified by the spherical shape of the instrument. As most of Sebastien Leon's sculptures, the Mandoleon follows its own scale and musical logic.