4-84″ x 29″ photo panels, wheatpaste
1 motion-controlled speaker and audio file
Fly is an outdoor photo and audio installation based on an image and sound of the red-tailed hawk. The image of the bird is technologically distanced from nature photography – it was captured on low resolution video and digitally altered. The sound of a hawk’s cry is triggered by a motion sensor.
While the red-tailed hawk is one of the most common raptors in North America, it also has a strong connection with Grimsby because of the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer Conservation Area (where I shot the image). I approach the nature/culture dichotomy as “both/and” and the work is an invitation to cherish and protect the natural beauty in Niagara while we engage fully in the technological world.
Grimsby Public Art Gallery, September-November 2008 with Fall.
Motion sensor and speaker adaptation: Hector Centeno
Thanks also to Matt Harley and the youth of FORT for installation assistance.
Photo: Rhona Wenger