Our Time

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Our Time

Marcus CoatesOur Time will place the songs and calls of locally threatened bird species onto clock towers along the North Kent coastline. The work will be heard as clocks chime on the hour. Marking these moments will be the beautiful and enigmatic songs and call of species such as the nightingale, curlew, lapwing, cuckoo, and turtle dove.

The idea is to relocate what is being lost to the regional and national environment at the heart of our civic centres, and to communicate the implications of ‘our’ human time, a period in history that has seen mass extinction, that has been orientated to human progress at the expense of other species, even on a very local level. These ornate clocks represent our social and political aspirations, they command respect and give our towns an identity and civic focus.

The use of birdsong that may not be heard in the wild for much longer to mark our time is a cynical and ironic act, but one that might help us become aware of their beauty and potential absence.


Image: Marcus Coates, Blue-Footed Booby, Human Report, Galapagos, 2008. Photo: Elke Hartmann

When

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Where

Across North Kent

DA12 2RG

Previous Markers
The Return of the Fleet Spring Heads

Estuary 2021 is made possible by

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