Murmuration is the phenomenon whereby birds in huge flocks fly in an ever-changing formation. Inspired by this concept, Anne Patterson created her installation, Murmuration for Christ Church Cathedral’s 200th anniversary. Over 1,000 individual, hand strung birds of steel, copper and brash mesh gather inside the doors of the cathedral and sweep a length of 90 feet into the nave, forming a large flock that flies down the length of the church and disperses throughout the cathedral offices and into the chapel.
The Cathedral has served as a community anchor and a source of outreach for the city. As a metaphor for this involvement, small flocks of birds are on display in some of the community centers that the Cathedral has supported over the years. The flying and flocking of all these birds in different places represents the relationship between Christ Church Cathedral and the many communities of Cincinnati.
A concert was held in celebration of Anne Patterson’s installation on Monday, May 22, at 7:30 pm.