Discover the Great Animal Orchestra by Bernie Krause and the United Visual Artists, a singular and memorable encounter with our living planet.

This installation, commissioned in 2016 by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, invites you to immerse yourself in a multisensory meditation on the beauty and diversity of the animal world.

For more than 50 years, Bernie Krause travelled the globe in search of the nonhuman origins of music. He documented wild habitats, recording and studying the complex organisation of animal vocalisations. The Fondation Cartier introduced Bernie Krause to United Visual Artists who transformed his recordings into large-format streaming spectrograms that visualise these soundscapes as something akin to an orchestral score, a concept Bernie Krause introduced. Journey to seven wilderness locations chosen by Bernie Krause for the richness of their biophony—the collection of nonhuman living sounds in an environment.

In one of the film sequences in the installation, Bernie Krause speaks to the way changes in a soundscape can reveal habitat deterioration, even before it becomes visible. By his estimation, more than 50 per cent of the 1,300 wild habitats he has recorded no longer exist or have changed so much they are unrecognisable.

The Great Animal Orchestra is a compelling call to action to preserve our planet’s remaining wild places. How can you help to ensure that they are not silenced forever?


Running from Saturday 12 March to Monday 13 June 2022

Open daily 10am – 5pm with extended hours every Wednesday 5-9pm 


Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo

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