Featured Client: Charles Morrow Associates
First-time installation creates "urban aviary" in New York City, February 18 - March 27 at N-YHS

A collaboration of two unique artists, working 150 years apart...


John James Audubon (b. 1785)

"Audubon's Aviary"

For the first time ever the sounds of birds will accompany an exhibit of original Audubon watercolors when the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS) creates a “virtual aviary” with its exhibition, "Audubon's Aviary."

The multi-media exhibition will showcase a selection of approximately 40 watercolors by John James Audubon (1785-1851) preparatory for his sumptuous, double-elephant folio print edition of The Birds of America.

Each of the Society’s collection of 435 original Audubon watercolors are extremely fragile and can only be exhibited once every 10 years.

"Audubon’s Aviary" will run February 18th through March 27, 2005 at the New-York Historical Society's second-floor gallery, Dexter Hall.

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Charlie Morrow (b. 1942)

Charles Morrow Associates

When the plan to honor Audubon's ears in addition to his legendarily keen eyes arose, pioneer sound artist Charlie Morrow was the natural choice to create a sound design that would break new ground, as all his work does. And his firm, Charles Morrow Associates, Inc. represented one of the few digital shops capable of delivering his creation to N-YHS and Dexter Hall.

As a sound artist, Morrow created an all-encompassing audio experience for the low-light exhibit. His design includes individual sounds tailored to specific pictures, as well a 3D sound experience throughout the hall and the stairwell areas, periodically simulating fly-overs of birds making their calls. Morrow also created a soundscape of echoing birdcalls for installation on each of two mid-floor landings of the wide marble staircase to Dexter Hall.

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