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A tree has become inhabited by a colony of strange pulsing entities.  Active by day, they really come to life at night, when each individual entity emits short surges of a peculiar sound and light; flickering intermittently with a phosphorescent glow, like sonic fireflies. Over time, they become increasingly excited, as an adjacent sculpted aerial tree starts to buzz and crackle with conducted energy until it reaches an explosive crescendo. The cycle repeats like a tolling clock tower, gathering people to spend time with this inhabited tree.
Based on recordings of insects in the mountains of Japan and inspired by the country’s age-old tradition of listening to and collecting insects, the work draws on the artist’s years of experience in public art, installation, sound design and theatrical prop design/ making.


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