Saturday 13 June 2015

Forgotten Songs

I've been keen to see the Forgotten Songs artwork for some time now. This week I had my chance, and I wasn't disappointed.

Forgotten Songs was initially a temporary laneway artwork program in Sydney in 2009-2010. Thankfully it wasn't lost to us and was recommissioned as part of an upgrade to Angel Place in 2012.

Forgotten Songs commemorates 50 bird species once heard in central Sydney before European settlement. These birds disappeared from the area as Sydney developed.

During the day the songs of these missing birds ring out above your head from their empty cages. 

I saw one of these beautiful birds just last weekend
(not in Sydney though)

As we went to a concert that night at City Recital Hall I got to go back in the evening. It was raining though so we didn't really hang around. At night the nocturnal bird calls are played. 

I'd long thought that Forgotten Songs reminded me of Dickens' Miss Flight in Bleak House. And what did I find in Dymocks that very same day? 

Art imitating life?
Life imitating art?

Actually it looks like Penguin have a lovely new set of Dickens hard back editions. I might really need these.

Forgotten Songs
Angel Place (just off George St, near Martin Place) 

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Louise, these are so cool-looking. Thanks for sharing.

Brona said...

I'm so glad you finally got to visit Forgotten Songs - it's quite lovely isn't it? A great way to start a night out at Angel place :-)

Paulita said...

This sounds like such a melancholy display. I bet the songs echo in the walkway with the building on either side. Lovely. Here's Mine

Jackie McGuinness said...

This would be fantastic to see!!! And that book cover is gorgeous.

Vicki said...

It's sad that the development of Sydney caused the birds to disappear. But, it's great that they put on this display.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Sweet and also sad. One of the best parts of my daily summer walk is hearing all the birdsong. Our town is a great spot for birders, they say.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Lovely artwork and commemoration of the birds. Thanks for sharing, and I love that book cover, too.


Sandra Nachlinger said...

What an amazing exhibit, especially since it includes birdsong. What a vivid representation of what has been lost.
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Ginx Craft said...

What a thought provoking piece of art.

Susan said...

A beautiful idea for a display, but sad, too. Lovely post!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

What a whimsical and beautiful display.

Susan Lindquist said...

Sad and so poignant a way of illustrating just how much we humans impact nature ... but visually, the art instillation is brilliant!

westmetromommy said...

What an interesting and poignant display!

Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard of this before. What a wistful and sobering exhibition. I must look for it- I'm going up to Sydney in about a fortnight.