Richard Johnson


Lullaby of the Larks was a sound, music and visual art installation at Buxton Museum and was the culmination of our 2-year residency there. We made it in response to an act of genocide that was committed 2500 years ago at an Iron Age hill-fort called Fin Cop, near Bakewell. The event claimed the lives of more than 400 women and children. During our residency the remains of 16 individuals were removed from the hill fort. We were able to handle the remains of a teenage girl whose bones bore cut marks and the frail ribs of unborn twins. This moved us in a profound way.


Our response was an installation that consisted of a set of 16 abstract portraits and a musical soundscape. The portraits depicted not the features of the 16 individuals so far recovered but the emotions they must have felt as their fate unfolded.

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Lip Stick