Kuelea Kama Ndege was commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California for their exhibition Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records
I've always been drawn to records because they make sound in a physical visceral way. Those little landscapes in the grooves are fixed yet they also erode over time. My love of records led me to create pieces that work with wind, birds, tides and other physical forces, so the line from vinyl to the natural world is evident and inspiring to me. I wanted to share that connection by giving you a chance to engage both bird and sound at the same time. Flight and music both take energy and your input makes them both possible.
Below is a collection of images of the building process. Square wooden dowels, hot glue, paper, and time for the bird. Trombone horn, record player, wood, rubber, and trial and error for the rest.