Deborah Cheetham AO, Byron J Scullin, Thomas Supple
RISING’s call in the heart of the city. A large-scale sonic artwork uniting the suburbs, the city and Country with the people who call them home.
It’s Reconciliation Week and while the festival is paused for now, in the spirit of amplifying First Peoples voices, The Rivers Sing will continue to echo through the skies at sunset and the Birrarung will light up each night with Wandering Stars and Ancestral Memory.
A small symbol of solidarity to our city in lockdown and the traditional owners who continue to care for it. We ask that you don’t travel to the works, but consider experiencing them if you are exercising within 5km of your home.
Hear the water swirl and flow. Its currents chanting all around you. The rivers are singing now, in the first and last light of the day.
Over 6 weeks in the lead-up to RISING, The Rivers Sing will wind its way along the Birrarung and Maribyrnong rivers, collecting and layering the voices of singers, in this large-scale sonic artwork composed by acclaimed opera singer Deborah Cheetham AO, with artists Thomas Supple and Byron J. Scullin.
As their journey comes to an end, the voices swell in the heart of Birrarung, uniting an urban environment of concrete and glass and the landscape that lies beneath. Echoing from the water across the streets of our city. This is our call—head to an ancient meeting place on the river’s banks at sunset, and hear a song for the stories yet to come.
The Rivers Sing began its journey down the Birrarung and Maribyrnong at the TarraWarra Museum of Art for the 2021 Biennial.