richard krantz

artist based in Malmö, Sweden.


The Silent Canary Project, 2016 - 2019

custom made timecapsule in stainless steel, solar powerd batteries, mp3-player, speaker, sound recording of a canary birdsong.


Constructed in 2016 and dug down as part of a public comission for Gnesta Konsthall Sculpture Park (Art in the Green Box), located in the old mining district of Skottvång (SE). Curator Niclas Zander.

The capsule is estimated to last at least 500 years under ground, and might be discovered and potentially played again the future.

The work is based on the historical use of canaries as an alarm system in coal mines, as well as an allegory for the impending climate crisis.