Culture Secrets - Proximities, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Address: Batman Ave, William Barak Bridge, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 9658 9658  

Devised by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, in collaboration with visual artist Simeon Nelson, Proximities is a sound installation which lends a unique dimension to the William Barak Bridge. Pedestrians enter a sonic corridor of voice recordings of people from the 53 Commonwealth nations represented in Australia. Central to the work are the voices of the area’s original custodians, the Wurundjeri people. Each person sings a traditional song from his/her background with the voices interwoven to create a continually shifting soundscape. Commissioned for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, it’s an evocative tribute to diversity.

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