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The Lost And Found Sound Assembly new work

by George Higgs

Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd of March sees further performances of the new piece by The Lost and Found Sound Assembly, a new work by US composer George Higgs. The project is part of Dublin City Council’s Public Art Programme and was first performed at Ringsend Recycling Centre, with George joined by percussionist Sean Carpio and student musicians from St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls (Cabra).

The work will be performed on a music structure or ‘Higgstrument’ made from materials taken from Dublin city Council’s Recycling Centres and is part of the Council’s Public Art Programme. George will perform the work with The materials used in the structure include steel pipes and tubes, bike wheels, copper and wavin pipes, kitchen tins, discarded wood and drums made out of steel boilers.

“I’ve always been interested in finding and making music in places where you wouldn’t normally expect to find it. My idea to use recyclable materials came from that. Working with the students from St. Mary’s also shows that music isn’t just about sound and hearing. To make music together you use gestures, sign language, vibrations, and eye signals as well. Working with them on this project was a wonderful experience and we’re looking forward to sharing the results with the public”, says George Higgs.

“The Lost and Found Sound Assembly is an interesting way of showing that objects that people leave with us for recycling do go on to have another life. We are very pleased to be involved in this project as it highlights recycling through the unique medium of music and all the materials used in creating and performing the work will be recycled,” says Brian Hanney of Dublin City Council Waste Management Services.

The free public performances of the work will take place in these locations:

  • Saturday 16th March  12pm on Essex Street West (end of Cow’s Lane), Temple Bar Dublin 2
  • Saturday 23rd March 12pm at Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1.
This Commission is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
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