Story behind the photograph
I took this photograph of empty cages hanging in the Angel Place almost two weeks ago. This art installation is part of the Laneway Art Program 2010.
Forgotten Song is a creation by artist Michael Thomas Hill, who enlisted help from Dr. Richard Major (Senior Research Scientist), Richard Wong (Environment Design) and Dave Towey (Programmer). The hanging cages are accompanied by sounds of 129 species of birds native to New South Wales and which are formally listed as extinct or threatened with extinction. These are the sounds of birds before Sydney area became a city – an irreplaceable habitat loss leading all these species to extinction.