The wooden bird house by Jimenez Lai, A herd without murderis tall, stately, and looks more like one of Sol LeWitt’s concrete block sculptures. Birdegaby artist Olalekan Jeyifous, is a miniature New York bodega painted a dark teal. 100 Martin Inn, designed by design studio Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, is a bird hotel; “The smallest hotel they ever designed.”
One would think that this kind of effort would only be possible for the bird-obsessed, but the dozens of artists who are recruited for it For the birdsa multidisciplinary exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, for which 33 site-specific birdhouses were created, appear to be primarily motivated by a new creative challenge.
And listen: At the beginning of the pandemic, we were all a little freaked out. With nothing to do and nowhere to go, and forced to turn our minds to something other than the suffocating reality of our lived experiences, many of us developed new obsessions to keep ourselves busy – knitting, baking bread, whatever. For Randall Poster, a highly acclaimed music supervisor and longtime collaborator with Wes Anderson, that obsession was birdsong.
“As someone who passed by and worked on music my entire life, I had opened my ears to the music of birds and was moved by the beauty and diversity,” Poster said in a statement.
Poster’s newfound appreciation for an entirely different genre of tunes prompted him to take on the role of creative director For the birds, which draws inspiration from the residents of the Botanical Gardens – Baltimore Orioles, Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, Swallows – and emphasizes the need for the birds to provide ongoing protection and conservation. In the last 6 months, deadly bird flu has killed an unprecedented number of wild North American birds.
On a bright, sunny Thursday afternoon, several artists parked next to their creations and excitedly explained their work. Artists Chen Chen and Kai Williams came along Blue Heron Trianglea floating dock made from recycled plastic and bamboo to serve as a resting place for gray herons at Japan’s Hill-and-Pond Garden.
“I think it might take a second for them to get used to it, but we just wanted to give them a little platform to fish for the little tiny fish that are swimming around here,” Chen told The Daily Beast.
Artist Julie Peppito’s entry, a large, sculptural birdhouse made of wood, metal, plastic, concrete, mosaic and a range of found objects, is based on five different birds, the artist told The Daily Beast. “When I was researching the project they said it would be nice to do it with native birds, so I looked at all the native birds and found there were four birds that had ‘American’ in the title. ”
She decided to start there and also took inspiration from a barn owl to represent wisdom. “I’m all about symbolism.”
Peppito’s ornate birdhouse, named United Birds of America (E Pluribus Unum)“It’s about trying to live up to our motto – one out of many,” said Peppito.
Poster will also release a compilation of music titled For the Birds: The Birdsong Project, who last year called for new music inspired by birds and birdsong. People went to great lengths: the compilation spans an incredible 20 albums. Musicians like Nick Cave and Elvis Costello, as well as creatives like author Ocean Vuong and legendary diva Bette Midler contributed songs, poetry and original album covers.
The expansive outdoor installation of the Botanical Gardens, which officially opened to the public on June 11, will remain in place until the end of October, giving native birds a chance to interact with the numerous temporary homes that have been created for them and make themselves at home to settle there. In this sense, the birds themselves take on the role of participating artists.
The exhibit also has an ecological focus: “Climate change and associated habitat destruction has resulted in a 30 percent decline in birds across North America,” said Adrian Benepe, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, in a statement. “For the birds celebrates and underscores the existential connection between birds and plants, which are totally interdependent, with art, education and science for audiences of all ages.”
There may be a serious mission here, but the whimsicality and variety of the birdhouses ensure the exhibition exudes a light-hearted vibe. Kids will go crazy for the bright colors and bird watching, and adults will enjoy the details.
Artist Amy Ritter’s aviary, a three-story steel structure seeded with grass, flowers and shrubs, is designed to protect bird visitors from predators and prying eyes. Plus, according to Ritter, “it’s included for all birds – so great for Pride Month!”
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