4000 Tiny Blue Birds Taken From The V&A

If you were at the Victoria and Albert Museum for one particular day back in 2006, you may have seen thousands of birds scattered around the exhibits. Trophy was a temporary installation by artist Clare Twomey which comprised 4,000 blue clay birds. Perched all over the ground and around some of the museum’s most famous historic sculptures, these little blue birds were just asking to be taken home!

This interactive exhibition was meant to challenge conventional craft and in Twomey’s words it “played with notions of value, permanence and the culture of collecting.” Interestingly, within five hours of opening, the public had “stolen” every single one of these birds. The most interesting part? No one formally invited visitors to take the birds home, people just followed the behavior of others in the space.

4000 Tiny Blue Birds Taken From The V&A

4000 Tiny Blue Birds Taken From The V&A

4000 Tiny Blue Birds Taken From The V&A

4000 Tiny Blue Birds Taken From The V&A

Via My Modern Met