Untrue island Orford Ness

Untrue Island is one of a series of commissions for Orford Ness, National Trust & Commissions East

'Listen. Listen now. Listen again to the sounds of this slow-flowing shingle river. Listen to the voices of this untrue island. Listen to the Ness: it speaks gull, it speaks wave, it speaks rust, it speaks lichen. Hear the Ness: it speaks bullet, it speaks ruin, it speaks redshank, it speaks deception, it speaks pagoda, it speaks transmission, it speaks reception, it speaks pure mercury, it speaks fluent flint, it speaks utmost secret, it speaks swift current, it speaks broken signal, it speaks shifting shingle, it speaks precarious wisdom, it speaks rapid-fire.' 
- Robert Macfarlane
The project brings Orford Ness' unique experience to existing and new audiences, communicating the complex landscape and ecology, and the historical significance of the site in a contemporary context. The project is part of the National Trust's 'Trust New Art' programme.


Untrue Island is a cross-art form project by the following artists:
Robert MacFarlane (writer)
Arnie Somogyi (composer and jazz musician)
Jane & Louise Wilson (visual artists)
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