Earthsong is a permanent sound installation located on the grounds of Earl W. Bridges Artpark.
Recorded by Anthony DiGesare, Angelo Luciano, and Carin Jean White
Haudenosaunee consultant: Belinda Patterson
This project was made possible through a grant from the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Grant Program and thanks to a grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Art Services of New York.
The installation shares Native American heritage and culture, and draws attention to the natural environment of the area. Placed on a new path on the grounds of Artpark, this art installation is also in close proximity to the Hopewell Burial mound. For this reason amongst others, the path functions as a threshold: bridging other paths and connecting past and present. As visitors walk through the installation, they pass motion sensor that trigger audio. The audience listens to the layers of sound-- hears the voices and river, takes in the noise of cicadas and winds and are reminded those who have come before.
The sounds in the installation were selected and arranged by Carin Jean White after a series of conversations and recordings with local Haudenosaunee: Howard Hill, Jaime Jacobs, Tyler Thompson, Brad John, Frank John, Belinda Patterson, and Neil Patterson, Jr.