Rolling Musical Screech

Public Artwork

Rolling Musical Screech uses the ubiquitous road sign to draw attention to local birds and their typically unheard songs and voices. Bird communities are – like their human equivalents – vulnerable to displacement in a rapidly changing urban environment with its high-density housing, new transport systems and disappearing trees, parklands and waterways.

These road signs have been printed with the images of local birds and the phonetic renderings of their calls. I chose the Magpie, Fig Bird, Ibis, Koel and Indian Myna – a mix of migratory, introduced and endemic species. The signs are now permanently installed in the park surrounding the Bankstown Arts Centre.

Bankstown Art Centre, Sydney
digital print on metal