Nicholas Forrest of Artinfo reports that Albanian-born French artist Anri Sala has been selected to create Sydney’s 2017 Kaldor Public Art Project, a sculptural sound piece called The Last Resort that will be installed in the Observatory Hill Rotunda, a century-old bandstand that overlooks the Sydney Harbor.
“We are proud to present the world-premiere of a major version of new work by internationally acclaimed artist Anri Sala,” said John Kaldor, director of Kaldor Public Art Projects. “This new work, one of the artist’s largest and most ambitious to-date, speaks to the Australian context and the extraordinary site of the Sydney Observatory.”
Sala’s piece will feature thirty-eight specially made snare drums that will be suspended from the rotunda’s ceiling. When activated it will play a reimagined and augmented version of Mozart’s Clarinet concerto in A Major, K. 622. “I look at this work like a musical artifact that we have thrown in the ocean. . . .The winds, the waves, [and] the water currents take it one way and the other and it eventually reaches somewhere, though not as it originally started out as it is transformed by the journey,” said Sala.