Portland based Hilary Pfeifer made this art installation called Save Our Souls for The Recycled Rain Project, an annual art show that aims to raise awareness of water issues.
Hilary has previously used the motif of a walking stick in her work so when she was asked to take part in the project she immediately thought of rain sticks and leaned that the Aztecs used them as a ceremonial tool for bringing rain to their crops.
She also incorporated nine songbirds that were featured in the Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report, which made the claim that half of the US’s birds will be extinct by that year 2080 if action is not taken.
You can find out more about what Hilary is up to on her website.
In an effort to highlight the plight of the planet, Wild Asia and M&C Saatchi created the world’s first non-human flash mob where a flock of birds converged to spell out the words HELP in front of an unsuspecting crowd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
By pouring birdseed in a public walkway in front of Batu Caves, a 113-year old temple, curious onlookers were treated to a spectacular display that formed right before their eyes. This initiative used entirely eco-friendly and biodegradable materials.
Luftlotte 3 was a large temporary art piece made by Atelier Goupal who is based in Stockholm, Sweden in collaboration with several classes at Nya Läroverket, a local primary school.
The idea was to create something temporary and in a state of flux. Atelier held a series of lectures for the pupils at Nya Läroverket about art and about the technique of folding origami. He and the pupils folded, decorated and signed thousands of origami birds. These were then hung throughout the second floor of local shopping mall Smedjan and carried on up and out through the light well.
A new work from Claire Brewster who describes herself as capturing the essence of nature in everyday materials.
‘Hybirds’ are made from acid etched brass. Claire turns one of her drawings into a digital piece which she then sends to a company that sends her back a lovely brass bird.
Claire has transformed 2 birds into a new breed of bird, hence the title of the work, a play of the word ‘hybrid’. The 3 birds are a Sparrow Hawk, which is the head and body of a sparrow and the wings and tale of a hawk a Pigeon Hawk which is a pigeon with the wings of a hawk and a Humming crow which is a crow with the head of a ruby throated humming bird.
Find out more about the acid etching process here.
At first glance these pictures look like swarms of starlings gathering at dusk. But Parisian photographer Alain Delorme actually created these images from photographs of plastic bags meticulously arranged to replicate flocks of birds.
The work entitled Murmurations is an examination of the problems caused by discarded plastic bags and took a year and a half to complete.
“I have always found plastic bags across my path, no matter where I travelled in the world,” Alain says. “This plastic bag could be anywhere — even hanging on a tree. I thought that it had to fly to land there.”
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art where he invented a machine to breathe spirits into Victorian clocks, artist Juan Fontanive has been exploring moving images and kinetic sculptures. His latest works are these three flipbook machines entitled Ornithology, Colibria and Violetear using drawings, acrylic paintings, and collages of birds.
In 2008 Danish artist Thomas Winther, aka Dambo, spent two weeks building 250 bird houses out of free and recycled materials, painted them in bright colours and installed them across 4 cities throughout Denmark.
And so kicked off the Happy City Birds Project to give urban-dwelling birds more options in which to roost and shelter or bring up their chicks.
The project has since gone global with hundreds of bird boxes installed in cities throughout the world, including 150 in Beirut.
Dambo explained his use of recycled materials; “Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow.”
As part of LIverpool Biennial, a 10-week contemporary art festival, Patrick Murphy has installed pigeons in a variety of rainbow colours to sit on top of the Walker Art Gallery.
The piece is titled Belonging with the surreal sight asking us to question our own feelings of acceptance and belonging.
Patrick said, “Belonging will engage audiences with its bright color compositions and also use the emblem of the pigeon to highlight the nature of transience and a very human struggle in finding acceptance or a natural sense of place, whether this be an intellectual or a physical/geographical homeland.”
A project by Swiss artist Julian Charrière, and German artist Julius von Bismark has seen the normally dull, drab pigeons of St Mark’s Square, Venice, transformed with bright colours.
Thousands of visitors to the famous square have been left surprised to see the birds decked out in coats of bright green, yellow, purple and blue.
The project is entitled ‘Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others’ and has been performed and exhibited in Copenhagen, Venice and Berlin. Julius and Julian built a ‘pigeon trapping apparatus’ on a city rooftop and when birds flew into the apparatus a conveyor-belt mechanism automatically airbrushed the pigeons in an array of vibrant colors. The pigeons were then released back into the city to become flying works of art. The paint is non-toxic, and no animals were harmed during the process.
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.