VisitScotland: Luminous Birds to visit locations across Scotland this autumn

Published on : Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Luminous BirdsStunning sonic and light installation to visit Dumfries, Dundee and Glasgow from 7 September.


The large-scale work will illuminate lanes and public places in Dumfries, Dundee and Glasgow with an animated flock of origami-style birds suspended overhead in celebration of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.


Composer, sonic and visual artist Kathy Hinde will be bringing her stunning sound and light installation Luminous Birds to locations across Scotland this autumn.


As a key event in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, the sight and sound spectacular will illuminate public spaces in Dumfries (7 September – 14 November), Dundee (12 September – 19 November) and Glasgow (16 September – 16 November) as hundreds of origami birds flock overhead.


Luminous Birds is designed and hand-crafted by Cryptic Associate artist Kathy Hinde and encourages members of the public – from commuters to day tripping families to night owls winding their way home – to ‘look up’and appreciate their day-to-day environment. The innovative design of the mechanical birds (created from paper, plastic and metal) will transform their site-specific surroundings using synchronised lighting and spatialised sounds that create the effect of birds flying overhead. The action of many birds, flocking together, is one of nature’s most amazing phenomena –an ultimate act of cooperation, hundreds moving together in harmony.


“I’m particularly excited about showing Luminous Birds in Scotland during the autumn because many birds will be on their migration passage at that time, with huge flocks of Barnacle Geese resting near Dumfries and Pink Footed Geese further north near Dundee.” said Kathy about the work premiering in Scotland. “I want to create the effect of birds flying just above people’s heads, through alleys and lanes right in the heart of towns and cities, highlighting some of the many beautiful aspects of bird flight, through light and sound.”


Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland adds:

“Scotland is world-renowned for its rich built heritage; it has buildings that make people look up, streets steeped in history and vibrant public spaces which promote its distinctive identity all over the world. Combining technology with nature, Kathy Hinde’s Luminous Birds is a wonderfully innovative and thought-provoking way to shine the spotlight on some of our greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems during the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.”


Luminous Birds is a free, non-ticketed event, to be viewed after dark; it opens at The Globe Inn, Dumfries High Street on 7 September, with further flocks appearing at The Howff, Meadowside, Dundee on 12 September and Kingarth Lane next to Govanhill Baths, Glasgow from 16 September. Celebrating its historical design as both a water tank and dovecote, the Mackintosh Tower at Glasgow’s The Lighthouse will also host the birds from 20 September up to 8 January, encouraging visitors to journey upwards through evocative soundscapes before reaching a flock of birds fluttering and chirping in harmony at the top.

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