Mystery Bird



By Helen Musselwhite, Jason Singh, Illuminos, M3 Industries & Jack Hardiker

Originally commissioned by Quays Culture

Mystery Bird was born in the wake of strict social distancing measures and the cancellation of our beloved live events. Many of us experienced a renewed interest in our natural surroundings during lockdown 2020 – discerning birdsong again at a time when the world was quietly held at a temporary standstill. Birds are symbolic of hope and our desire for freedom and engagement with nature is widely recognised as inherently positive for humans – making us feel alive and connected to our fragile eco-system.

Mystery Bird is a collaboration of five artists: extraordinary paper artist Helen Musselwhite, incredible vocal beat-box artist Jason Singh, the brilliant projection team Illuminos, excellent local designers and fabricators M3 Industries and our digital AR expert Jack Hardiker who have combined techniques to create this installation. Initially conceived as a modern-day carnival float and visiting people in their homes during lockdown restrictions in 2020, Mystery Bird has been developed as a static installation specially for Lightwaves 2021 – a truly, special unexpected experience.