Media Focus

Songs from the Sky

This new site-responsive installation features birds such as the Piwakawa / Fantail, Kereru / Wood Pigeon and the Tui.

The ephemeral sonic recordings are then transcribed into hard edged sound notes and cut into stainless steel abstract silhouettes which are sequenced like a musical score with each birdsong broken up into timed sections. Each sound note visually encapsulates the sound and duration of a particular fleeting moment in the bird song with the silences between one sound and the next represented by the lines created by elegantly subtle stainless steel wires. The artwork will be suspended between two sublime Kahikatea trees and is over eight metres in height.

The artist’s concept explores the possibility of silently engaging our acoustic link to nature by visually suggesting what we potentially might hear.

Date of installation: September 2014

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