Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys - Say Ahh
  Year :   1997
  Location :   Australia
  Worktype :   Public Installation
  Info :   New Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW, Australian Perspecta 1997: Between Art and Nature

  Work Details  
  Say Ahh was an installation created for the varied audience at the hospital. In the day, the space was a lively corridor for outpatients and their families. At night the space became a cul-de-sac, which provided a place for quiet contemplation and an opportunity for humorous relief from late night vigils at bed sides. We expanded on our experimentation with Wardian cases, originally developed for transportation of plants to and from Australia in colonial times. Enclosed in clear sphere travelling cases were real fly catching plants and larger faux ones protruding out of the case which held the speaker. Say Ahh featured patient's imitating the sounds the sounds of nature, and making nonsense sound. Children were fascinated by the mad sounds and the plants of prey.