A unique concept travelling art installation has been created for Greater Manchester, and potential national tour, to enlighten and entertain residents from the comfort of their own home whilst COVID restrictions are still affecting us.
Mystery Bird is a travelling projection art installation featuring an oversized bird cage full of animated birds and is a collaboration of five local artists whose combined skills in model-making, projection, design, sound and AR are bringing this magical piece to the streets and residential homes.
The Mystery Bird is a giant 3metre x 2metre birdcage filled with projected birds and accompanied by a bespoke soundscape created by bird inspirationalist and beatbox star Jason Singh. This will travel the streets on the back of a flat bed truck – evoking the excitement of a traditional carnival float.
The Mystery Bird installation will travel the streets, singing and performing their unique life cycle in a seven-minute choreographed showcase before their “release” when the birds will gather, swoop and fly around the houses.
Manchester based beatboxer and vocal sculptor Singh is best known for the Tweet Music album, commissioned by the National Trust after research found that listening to bird song before you are twelve makes people calmer and boosts positivity. And indeed listening to bird song is relaxing, soothing and a re-connect to nature for all age groups.
This latest work features endangered birds on the RSPB list and local birds like the Willow Tit (a regular in Wigan), Grasshopper Warbler, Lapwing, tree Sparrows, Starlings plus “saved” birds like the Peregrine Falcon intertwined by his electronic score creating the sounds, rhythms and feelings of bird song. This premiere performance will be broadcast from the travelling installation.
The Mystery Bird Tour will take place over four days in December and locations will be kept under wraps to be socially responsible. However, those people not part of the route will be able to watch the piece online and get involved in our collaborative video – more details to be announced soon.
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