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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Birds sitting on a guitar

The Curve became a walk-through aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects in Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s commission.

Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways.

As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they created a captivating, live soundscape.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

‘An 5* aviary…a nice place for a small bird to be‘
BBC Radio 4
‘An immersive exploration of nature, music and the haphazard‘
‘It turns out these birds can rock – one even goes all Jimmy Page with a twig‘
‘Like Duchamp, Céleste understands the creative potential of random acts… Keith Richards and Eric Clapton might be masters of the Gibson, they cannot play it like 40 wild birds - not a chance‘
Will Gompertz, BBC