Christina Sporrong

The Heron

Interactive Installation

Christina Sporrong


The Heron has a hydraulically actuated head that moves up and down slowly, mimicking the motion of a heron bird.

The Heron can provide aerial rigging for a variety of dance disciplines, and its white truss-like body works well for projection mapping. Performances using the Heron include aerial dance and theater, circus, music, and fire performance.

The Heron Project was first featured in the Keyhole at Burning Man 2009 and went on to show with various performance troops at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, Chalk the Block in El Paso, and in Taos, NM. The Heron was most recently installed at Taos Mesa Brewing in Taos, NM.


Sporrong spent much of her youth in Sweden, where outhouses are a common feature in the rural countryside. Her earliest sense of the world came through the images plastered within her grandparents’ outhouse, and she came to understand the world based on those images. She has recreated that house, without an actual toilet, including only images and technology of the present time. This juxtaposition of image, technology, and vernacular architecture creates an immersive experience of global human impact, familiar and yet disturbing. To consider new possibilities one must understand the present and past.


PASEO 2019:
The installation Mitt Uthus exposes our current moment through the lens of digital media culture and contemporary news. Carefully curated sociopolitical memes and digital screens cover the interior walls of an outhouse, inviting an exploration into contemporary viral media and the power wielded by these iconic visual sound bites of our culture.

2015: TaranTula
The resident spider of the South West…

With her eight perforated and illuminated legs hovering above the audience, stalking her way across the desert plain. Possibly menacing yet beautiful, TaranTula casts long shadows below, showing off her intricate designs on the ground. Tall and animated she is a beacon at any event.

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