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Bird Child Spirit – Award Winning Installation

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The award winning community artwork and sound installation Bird Child Spirit is now at Yarra Valley ECOSS. 

Running every 20 mins from 2 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, Dec 7 to 23rd, it’s an immersive multi-channel sound installation that features approximately 600 short recordings of children making bird sounds. 

The artist Peter Mcilwain, who is an experienced composer, has worked with children to make the sounds and has written software that generates an ongoing composition that you can enjoy in the gardens at ECOSS.

As part of the project the artist works with children from the local community wherever the installation is being presented. After editing, the recordings are curated and included in the installation so it’s an ongoing evolving creative process.

Peter will be at ECOSS each Friday during the markets and he’ll be happy to meet you and record new “birds” for the installation. Look for his stall in the market. 

Peter has found that the best age group to work with is 8 to 12 years old. Parents will need to sign a recording release form. Peter has a Working With Children Check and has undertaken Yarra Ranges Child safe processes.

Peter is a professional artist who has won a number of national and international awards including the major Yering Sculpture Award 2023 for Bird Child Spirit. The artist hopes you have a chance to come and enjoy this unique and wonderful artwork.

Bird Child Spirit is supported by the Yarra Ranges Council.

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