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.
Exhibited at Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Motion sensor and speaker adaptation: Hector Centeno
Thanks also to Matt Harley and the youth of FORT for installation assistance.
Photo: Rhona Wenger
Exhibited with Fall.