Of Sleeping Birds

Completed: 2012 Client: Anglia Ruskin University Artist: Circumstance
Location: Cambridge
Services: Art in the Public Realm, Community Engagement

Futurecity commissioned artists Circumstance to create a major public art project for the VISUALISE public art programme at Anglia Ruskin University.  ‘Of Sleeping Birds’ filled Cambridge’s streets with glistening and delicate strands of music via a mobile symphony for the city. A hand crafted wooden speaker box was collected by each participant from a secret location in Cambridge, and taken on a twilight journey as a player in an orchestra, in a public art performance that asked people to rethink Cambridge as a changing modern city. http://visualisecambridge.org

the artist


Circumstance are a collective of artists who try to make cinematic experiences in unexpected environments. Using pervasive media, sound, print, performance. Circumstance was established in 2010 as a framework for the collaborations of Duncan Speakman, Sarah Anderson and Emilie Grenier. http://wearecircumstance.com

On a fundamental level our artworks support people to be more present in, and attentive to, where they are.

Duncan Speakman, Circumstance


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