Song Posts (Dawn Chorus)

Song Posts (Dawn Chorus) is part of The Artangel Collection. It was initially presented at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne in spring of 2018, before being exhibited at the Leeds art Gallery in Leeds.


  • Artist: Andy Holden
  • Title: Song Posts (Dawn Chorus)
  • Date: 2017
  • Medium: wood, paint, steel and MDF base plates
  • Dimensions: Overall display dimensions variable
  • Base dimensions (1000 x 1000mm)
  • Base weight: 90kg
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The significance of language to these human-animal acts of kin-making is present throughout the installation. Punctuating beds of tree bark, which evoke the woody mustiness of the library surroundings, are several totemesque poles made of smooth, carved willow. Inscribed on each are textual renditions of birdcalls, such as Sit-Eee! Sit-EE! and ploo! tree-tre-tre!, which attempt to translate these sonic variations into a linguistic confine. — Joseph Constable, Art Monthly, October 2017

The sculptural installation 'Song Posts (Dawn Chorus)' is a constellation of five repurposed telegraph poles inscribed with text translations of bird songs, clustered together in a bed of bark.


Image: Andy Holden, Song Posts (Dawn Chorus), 2017, (detail) at Towner Art Gallery, 2018. Photograph: Alison Beetles

Previous Presentations

Since the launch of The Artangel Collection, Song Posts (Dawn Chorus) has been installed at