• Artist: Odessa Dobbie
  • Medium: Interactive Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Sterling Road

“Equilibrium” invites audience members of all ages to interact with hundreds of balancing porcelain birds, leaving their vulnerability in the holder's hands.


Henderson Brewing Company

  • Address: 128 Sterling Rd.
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  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

This interactive installation will consist of hundreds of balancing porcelain birds. The birds are duplicated from a mass-manufactured plastic toy developed in the early 1990s. But here, in ceramic, more is at risk in the balancing act. Participants will be invited to balance a bird on one finger; inevitably, many of these will fall onto the floor and break. Throughout the evening, attendees will also be invited to perform as “sweepers,” relocating fallen shards into an ever-growing pile at the centre of the installation. The mirror glaze that covers each bird’s exterior will reflect each viewer’s own appearance. This reflection, merging viewer and art object, will, it’s hoped, prompt wider contemplation of the delicate interdependency between nature and humanity. The beauty of this artwork will lie in the vulnerability and responsibility it requests, but does not command. The fate of this work is in the viewer’s hands—literally.