The Smallest of Wings

By M@ Last edited 131 months ago
The Smallest of Wings

A cutely named installation near Liverpool Street, and not a reference to Linda McCartney.

Artist Stephen Vitiello has installed this geodesic dome structure over the Broadgate Arena (the bit that has ice skating in winter). What’s it do? In the words of the accompanying leaflet it’s: ‘A multi-channel sound installation that juxtaposes the beating of moth wings…with the buzzing of humming birds…to create a richly textured environmental experience’.

To be honest, it’s just the Rainforest Café with more suits and fewer naff animatronics. But worth dipping into if you’re passing through Broadgate today.

Thanks to Ham for the tip-off.

Last Updated 08 June 2007


Not everyone is happy with it though! I read this in the Evening Standard's City Spy column:

THERE is no pleasing some people. The good folk behind Broadgate have invited in a 'sound artist' to replicate jungle noises and the sounds of moths' wings and humming birds - and the workers can't stand the din. Stephen Vitiello set up his work, The Smallest of Wings, in Broadgate Arena. The birdsong and other Amazon noises are blasted out 24 hours a day from an arrangement of 22 speakers. People are complaining they can't concentrate on their work and one kiosk is even offering free bacon sandwiches for a year to anyone willing to cut the power supply...

Oh my.