Aeolian Aviary

Catherine Ross and Denton Frederickson
2011
$180,000

The City of Lethbridge invited artists to participate in a three stage public art competition. As the winning submission, Catherine Ross and Denton Frederickson received a commission to create and install a public artwork on site at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in conjunction with the grand re-opening of its renovated spaces.

Aeolian Aviary is a sculptural sound installation. It combines the acoustic resonance of a wind and light sensitive string instrument with the dynamic emergence of a flock of cast aluminum birds. These birds, 67 in number, animate the gestures of flight from the streamlined postures of birds in rest, to wings fanned to capture air.

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