This controversial art installation was commissioned by
Danish and Norwegian Artists Michael-Elmgreen and Ingar
Dragset for an exhibition in the Tate Modern
was employed to produce a perfect automated replica of
a sparrow to be installed in the window of the gallery
and animated to look as if it was in distress.
A miniature mechanism was designed and manufactured to
produce breathing, wing flapping, head turn/nod and beak
movements all of which fit into a cavity the size of a
sparrow's chest. A twenty minute computer controlled
movement sequence was programmed and looped for twelve
hours a day during the three month installation.