In Sydney’s Angel Place there stands – or, rather, hangs – a very special artistic installation that is both a visual and auditory treat. Artist Michael Thomas Hill created “Forgotten Songs,” the display hereafter mentioned, back in 2009 as part of a temporary laneway art program commissioned by the city. The fact that it remains still is thanks to immense public support and love for the piece. So just what is this special, beloved piece? The installation consists of 180 rustproof, empty birdcages suspended from wires strung up about the open-air corridor. Many of these cages are rigged with speakers, each of which plays the songs of fifty birds that once lived in Sydney prior to its colonization and subsequent urbanization. During the day, the songs of birds active in daylight play, while, in the night, the songs heard are those of nocturnal species. A lovely installation with a message about our impact on the natural world, to be sure.
These photographs of Michael Thomas Hill’s “Forgotten Songs” were taken by Matt Morton-Allen, Scott Hayman, and Steve Wakeman, as well as from the City of Sydney, respectively.
Via My Modern Metropolis.