site sound recordings, aluminium, rubber thread

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island
Winner of Gen-i Selector’s award
James Wallace Arts Trust Collection

The momentary and sometimes barely perceptible sounds heard on the site in the early morning, such as fragments of bird songs or leaves rustling in the wind, have been recorded and transformed into visual markers to create a tangible record of sound frozen in time.

Field Notes is a site-specific installation created for Headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2013. Sound recordings taken in the environment around the tree were transcribed and cut into aluminium and attached to rubber threads anchored in the ground and connected to a branch of the tree. Each ‘sound note’ visually encapsulated the sound and duration of a particular moment in the dawn chorus attempting to silently engage our acoustic link to nature by visually suggesting what we might hear.