The park is located near Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais.
Instituto Inhotim began to be conceived in the mid-1980s by Minas Gerais businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz. With time, this parcel of private land was transformed into a unique place, with one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world and a botanical collection containing rare species from every continent.
Sonic Pavilion (2009), a site-specific work developed from a preexisting idea, is the result of a five-year process of research, design and construction. The piece, although it was complex to produce, is based on a simple, albeit ambitious principle. Its construction involved the boring of a 200-meter-deep well in the ground in order to install a set of microphones to capture the sound of the earth. By way of a sophisticated system of equalization and amplification, this sound is played in real time inside the empty circular pavilion, which was designed to create equivalence between the audio experience and one’s relation to the surrounding space.
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, The Murder of Crows (2008)
Cardiff and Bures Miller are at the forefront of a generation of artists who employ advanced technology. Working in a variety of media, including video, installation and recorded sound, they have repeatedly examined audiovisual perception and the experience of the viewer, by exploring the creation of sculptural and physical sounds.