McNay Art Museum hosts four-day activation of sound sculpture by Texas Biennale artist Steve Parker | Things to do | San Antonio

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  • Steve Parker seeks to create a sanctuary for birds and those affected sanctus.

In addition to the work he is currently exhibiting at the McNay Art Museum as part of the Texas Biennale, Steve Parker brings his installation sanctus on the museum lawn for a four-day activation.

Constructed of reclaimed brass, parabolic sound dishes, copper tubing, acoustic concrete mirrors, and birdseed, the sculpture plays four liturgical psalms composed by 12th-century abbess and polymath Hildegard von Bingen.

With sanctusParker seeks to create a sanctuary for birds and humans, bouncing Bingen’s Psalms off satellite dishes, while concrete acoustic mirrors, which were used as surveillance devices during World War II, serve as bird feeders. birds.

Visitors are welcome to activate the play on the grounds of the McNay – lawn chairs, blankets and “relaxing moods” are all welcome.

The installation’s Sunday debut coincides with McNay’s free family day “The Sweet Life,” which will feature activities and entertainment in the museum’s galleries and on its grounds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Free, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 10, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368,

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