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‘Spectacular’ new moving art installation to travel through 50 Salford streets next week

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Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 17th January 2024

50 residential streets throughout Salford are set to be visited by a “spectacular” new moving art installation next week.

And it sounds like it’s going to be absolutely mesmerising.

Organised by Salford City Council, ‘Mystery Bird’, which is a new moving art installation already being described as “spectacular”, will travel along 50 residential streets in Eccles from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 January, and will make its way through the historic Salford market town, taking in the sights of the Peel Green, Barton, Winton, and Patricroft communities along the way, all before before arriving in the town centre.

Residents along the route will be visited by an illuminated bird cage with a magical soundscape, and will get to experience a magical projection of the birds escaping across homes and buildings.

This impressive new installation is also about celebrating birds as a symbol of hope and freedom, and is made to be seen by an audience of all ages, abilities, and accessibility. 


Running for five consecutive nights, ‘Mystery Bird’ will visit a different area of Eccles each evening from 5-7:30pm, starting with Peel Green on Tuesday 23 January, then Winton on Wednesday 24 January, Patricroft on Thursday 25 January, and Barton on Friday 26 January.

Visitors to Eccles town centre will then be treated to a magical pop-up ‘Mystery Bird’ moment on the Saturday, as the birdcage will spend around half an hour positioned outside St Mary’s Church to create a “stunning visual” for passersby.


The birds will sweep around on to the church and surrounding building to create “a beacon of light” at the heart of the town.

“Mystery Bird is an exciting project all about bringing people together,” commented Councillor Hannah Robinson-Smith, who is the Executive Support Member for Culture, Communications, and Strategic Priorities at Salford City Council.

“Communities in all corners of Eccles will be involved when this illuminated artwork travels down designated streets, and culminate with a projection of birds in the town centre.”


Cllr Robinson-Smith says ‘Mystery Bird’ is “another fantastic reason to be proud of Eccles”.

She added: “[We want people to] visit Eccles town centre and all it has to offer, and it’s an opportunity to have an incredible cultural experience for free.”

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‘Mystery Bird’ will run from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 January all throughout Eccles, and you can see the full schedule and find out more about the event here.

Featured Image – Chris Payne (via Salford City Council)