Musical Osprey - Leaving The Nest
Sound sculpture of two ospreys, one nesting and the other about to take flight. The birds are set on a circular blue and yellow flooring (?Astro-turf?)
The work was commissioned to mark the reopening of Blackpill Lido in August 2000. As the work is situated by the play area it was intended that children should be able to make tunes from the birds. They can 'gong' the feathers of the nesting bird and 'bat' the tubes of the bird about to take flight using either flip flops or bats. The osprey is Swansea's civic emblem. The scheme was jointly funded by the Welsh Tourist Board, the European Regional Development Fund and the city and county of Swansea. Urban Strawberry Lunch were formed in 1988 and are based in Liverpool. They make and play all of their own musical instruments, largely from things that people have thrown away. They are also involved with Sound Sculpture projects such as Blackpill Lido, and with education. For further information, see www.usl.org.uk
The event was the reopening of Blackpill Lido in August 1998.
Information at the site states that the sound sculptures were made by Urban Strawberry Lunch.
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