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THE GREAT DESTROYER
2007-2012 | HD 9-12 screen video installation | dimensions variable
Installation view: largescale mock-up
Commissioned by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

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The Great Destroyer is a multi-channel video installation which attempts to virtually recreate a forest setting in a gallery space, allowing viewers to weave through projections situated throughout the gallery. Each video offers 'picture-perfect' flora and are accompanied by a natural soundscape of 'the wild': a symphony of birds, insects, etc. Unlike the majority of Richardson's work, the unexpected element here lies within the audio rather than the visuals. Occasionally we hear a lyrebird mimicking the sound of a chain-saw, car alarm, gun shots and cameras clicking as part of his mating call.