Finally got over to Broadway and Columbus to get some pictures of Brian Goggins and Dorka Keen’s installation Language of Birds.
Arriving at dusk is the best time to view if you can manage it.
You get to see them sputter to life, a few at a time, with the added bonus of getting to catch the reactions of pedestrians as they do.
Eventually they blend into the chaos of car lights and strip club neon signs that line Broadway.
There are twenty-three books suspended from the spiderweb of cables. At times all light up in unison, at others they alternate blinking on and off at random.
On the ground below you can find the inevitable word droppings.
According to the press release:
The artists created the text patterns to be imbedded in the plaza floor in the Atrium of the SFMOMA. Retaining their original font, individual words from chosen phrases were cast from the third floor gallery of the museum. Words fluttered down 60 feet landing on a paper replica of the plaza thus determining their resting place in the final artwork.
The books are constructed of white polycarbonate (plastic) with embedded LED lights.
Genny Lim composed a poem to accompany the piece that was read at the dedication ceremony in November. Check it out here.