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APERTURA by Ed Carter, Nicky Kirk and Tony Broomhead was an interactive sonic sculpture set in the picturesque setting of  Northumberland National Park’s, Walltown Country Park.

The sculpture, made up of 1900 copper chimes, created an evolving soundscape in the ever-changing breeze and inviting audiences to experience a constantly changing, interactive spectacle of shimmering light and sound.

Commissioned for Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival, APERTURA was created in response to the history and topography of Walltown Country Park.

The work highlighted a visual fissure in the landscape – a missing section of Hadrian’s Wall, which was lost during the whinstone quarrying that continued until the 1970s.

Inspired by the role of Hadrian’s Wall as a cultural meeting point, the piece reflects on Rudolph Arnheim’s comment that “openings mediate between the worlds separated by architectural barriers”, and encourages a dialogue around our shared experience of borders, boundaries and thresholds.

A series of wooden were decorated by local community participants and hung beneath the wind chimes, breathing life into the sculpture.

APERTURA was been commissioned by Northumberland County Council on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall Partnership for Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. It was funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and delivered in partnership with Northumberland National Park Authority. 

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