Birds on Botero by Sharmayne Ng, a graphic designer and illustrator from Singapore, is a humorous social commentary on the relationship between local Singaporeans and foreigners.
The work draws similarities between the Javan myna birds and foreigners living in Singapore. Both are not native to Singapore, but are very common in the country and have reportedly been overcrowding areas. They have drawn flak from citizens for being noisy and disturbing the peace. Similarly, they are touted as competitive species that threaten their local counterparts. Although their presence may not at all times be wanted, it is undeniable that they are a distinctive part of Singapore.
Fernando Botero sculpted the fat, bronze Bird that sits on the UOB Plaza near Raffles Place in 1990. It was designed to represent the joy of living and the power of optimism.
Zack Mclauglin is an artist based in London who has had a lifelong fascination with the natural world. He has explored different kinds of 3D model making including theses realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves.
You can see more of Zack’s work in his shop Paper&Wood.
London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin constructs uncannily realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves. A lifelong fascination with the natural world lead Mclaughlin to explore different kinds of 3d model making, first starting with wire and then moving into the more realistic sculptures you see here. You can see more of his recent work on DeviantArt and in his shop. (via Lustik)
Kate Slater is a freelance illustrator who studied at Kingston University. She grew up on a beautiful farm in Staffordshire, UK, from where she still works in her studio in the old apple room.
Kate works in collage and paper-cuts which she uses to create suspended, relief illustrations. The real-life collages often look a bit like tiny, chaotic paper theatre sets which Kate then photographs to produce the final image.
Kate has also had a number of children’s books published.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK’s leading open air gallery and the flock of birds collage was made for the window display of their shop.
Kate’s collage illustration prints, cards and wrapping paper are available to buy in her Etsy shop KateFete.
Andy Singleton is a paper artist and illustrator based in Wakefield, England who studied Animation with Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University. His work is an exploration of the natural and manmade world through intricate paper cuttings, paper sculpture, hand drawn illustrations and large scale installations.
Below you can see an art installation entitled They Loved What They Found commissioned by the Crafts Council to celebrate the opening of Liberty London’s stationery room, an African weaverbird, a series of paper chickens created for Hermés window displays in London, Dublin and Manchester as well as two new pieces, Hummingbird and Rainforest Birds.
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.
These delicate sculptures of birds rise from the pages of the books that inspire them. They are designed by Emma Taylor and are part of a series called From Within a Book….
Emma works with antiquarian books, using strips of vintage book pages, wire and wadding to create the birds. She says “To me the possibility of the end of the book is a tragic one; I appreciate books as an object as much as I enjoy the stories and knowledge which they hold.”
You can buy photographic prints of the book sculptures Emma creates at her Etsy shop.
For Watches of Switzerland‘s Summer Flagship Windows in London, New York based Makerie Studio created a conventicle of life-sized iridescent paper magpies, perched on stands and gold and black cages in the store.
The magpies played and interacted with the precious watches and jewels in the store, carrying them in their beaks and placing them in custom-made nests.
These colourful birds are made by self-taught artist Aimee Baldwin from crepe paper, wire and Styrofoam. In what she calls Vegan Taxidermy these sculptures allow her simultaneously study details of the natural world and people’s relationship with both nature and human-made objects.
Each bird is made of individually hand-made parts: bent wire legs, painted hand-cut paper feathers, formed beaks. No moulds are used, so no two birds are ever the same.
The New York based The Makerie Studio designed and produced over 60 layered paper birds for Royal Jeweller Mappin & Webb’s UK Christmas 2013 displays. Each store has a combination of peacocks, falcons and herons set amongst frosted branches, snow and precious jewels.
These incredibly realistic birds were made by Johan Scherft based in the Netherlands. He discovered his talent for papercraft at the age of 14 when he started making paper models which he hand coloured using colour pencils.
It can take anywhere from two days to a month to complete just one bird. “Although I use computer programs for the basic design, most of my work is done by hand. There’s a lot of trial and error involved before a model is satisfactory. Each species has its own distinctive shape, so I never use a standard design,” he says.