Forgotten Songs

‘Forgotten songs’ by Michael Thomas Hill

I have a fascination for sculptures, especially unique ones or the ones that have deeper meaning to them. I usually stop and observe the sculptures when I come across them or accidentally discover them in any city that I visit around the world. One such sculpture that is extremely meaningful and beautiful is the Forgotten Songs in Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

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About Forgotten Songs

The Forgotten Songs is a public art work that has installations of 120 empty bird cages hanging from the ceiling at Angel Place. Designed by Michael Thomas Hill, the art installation was installed as part of 2009 Sydney Laneway Temporary art scheme. Even though this was initially installed as a temporary art piece, it was later converted into a permanent laneway installation in 2011.

Forgotten Songs

Dedicated to all the birds that once inhabited Sydney, the art installation is a sad reminder of those birds were lost because of the way the city is built today. The unique part of this art piece is that when you stand beneath the cages, you can hear the sounds of the birds. You can hear sounds of 50 bird species. And one of the other cool things is that the sound of these birds change from day to night.

Where is Forgotten Songs?

A corner deviating from George Street in Sydney CBD is the Angel Place. And the Angel Place has a very significant art piece, which is the Forgotten Songs.

How to reach the Angel Place?

The closest train station is the Wynyard train station. Any city circle train and tram stops at the Wynyard train station. Up-to-date information on public transport can be found on the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) website.

Closing Notes

Forgotten Songs art installation is definitely a marvelous piece of art in Sydney CBD and must be on your list of things to see in Sydney. It is also one of the free things to do in Sydney as well.

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