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Tate Modern Sparrow

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This controversial art installation was commissioned by Danish and Norwegian Artists Michael-Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset for an exhibition in the Tate Modern Gallery, London.

i-bodi 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.



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