Murmuration Installation at Schar Cancer Institute at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, VA / by Susan Hostetler

Murmuration (birds flying in “intricately coordinated patterns through the sky”), both large and small, are spellbinding, and transport me from any worries to a sublime connection to nature.

After imagining a wall large enough to reflect the grandeur and sense of awe generated by the soaring flight of birds, I got my wish in the form of a commission for INOVA Fairfax Hospital’s newest addition, the Schar Cancer Institute.

Not only was my dream of having a space for a murmuration of my sculpted birds realized, but I was also moved by the fact the installation allowed me to contribute to an uplifting environment in a place of healing.

Murmuration , 10’x74’, multiple clay birds across 3 walls. Photo by Gregory Staley.

Murmuration, 10’x74’, multiple clay birds across 3 walls. Photo by Gregory Staley.