FOUR BRIDGES by Howard Hersh

by Howard Hersh

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Four Bridges is an audio experience designed to be heard on mobile devices as visitors walk through Montalvo Art Center’s woodland environment.

Its narrative is inspired by our primal memories of the forest and the stories that depict it as an enchanted and mysterious place.

It also explores the woods as a metaphor for our common journey, and what it means to carry the burden and promises of a shared humanity. Midway along the route, voices of victims of political and religious injustice call out from the twisted underbrush, first with poems inscribed by Chinese immigrants on the walls of the Angel Island Detention Center, then in the person of a Japanese-American whose father was interned during the Second World War, and finally in the reminiscences of a Holocaust survivor.

Along the way, you’ll also hear children’s rhymes, contemporary poetry, and archival recordings.

Once you've synced these tracks onto your phone, visit for more information about accessing the installation. (Any playback configuration will work, but closed ear headphones will provide your best listening experience.)


released July 7, 2018


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