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Hobart Hughes and Penny Simons

13_Bird Play_PBEAT2023_Commended

This collaborative work is about play in the animal realm. All animals play; it’s a way of learning about the world and it is both instinctive (nature) and the interaction with other animals (nurture). The work is designed to be interactive so the viewer can be part of the play turning a handle that rocks the horizontal beam and makes the woven birds’ heads and wings move up and down.

Penny Simons & Hobart Hughes formed a new collaborative team for this project. Their diverse talents overlap perfectly in this work; Hughes bringing fabrication and engineering skills in wood, whilst Simons brings her skills in botanical assemblage.

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