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A Northward Migration
A Sound Installation

Located in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Conservatory, A Northward Migration uses sound to explore the migration routes of butterflies, especially monarchs, as they traverse the landscape of North America.  As you walk through all three wings of the Conservatory, listen for the sound of butterflies feeding, migrating en masse, or fluttering individually across the sky. This sound installation will change how you see these remarkable creatures.

Sound installations developed and arranged by Dr. Vaughn Garland.


Friday, April 6, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Event Details

This exhibition features sounds collected from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, field recordings from sites along the routes, and interviews with pollinator and butterfly biology specialists.

View monarch migration as a member of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The work highlights the delicate connection between these stunning and endlessly fascinating creatures and the landscapes, plant life, and climate that impact them and are vital to their continued survival.  

A Northward Migration premieres at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden during Butterflies LIVE!   as part of Sound Arts Richmond.

Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland is a Richmond-based independent curator and sound artist working with community conversations, place-making, and field recordings.  Garland received a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University’s interdisciplinary Media, Art and Text program and an M.F.A from VCU’s Painting and Printmaking program.  Garland curated Driving Richmond, a multi-media documentary exhibition that garnered regional and national attention and featured sixteen Greater Richmond Transit Corporation (GRTC) bus drivers.  Garland helped develop and document Made in Church Hill, an exhibit that collected stories from residents of Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood and Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond, an exhibition highlighting the history of the Latino community in Richmond.  Garland’s online works includes a series of sound installations, web archives and audio tours in and around Richmond to include A Sound History For The Trail Of Enslaved People as well as mobile sound maps and tours in the James River Park System, all accessible from his website at RightHereOnce.org. He is currently an Assistant Educator with Teen Programs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and an Adjunct Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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