The Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents "For the Birds," a series of events dedicated to the birds and plants held from June 11 to October 23, 2022. For the Birds will showcase about 33 birdhouses that will be distributed throughout the 52-acre park. In addition to showcasing birdhouses, there are also art gallery exhibitions, music, performances, and educational programs inspired by the free-living birds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
33 bird cages in Brooklyn Botanic Garden
To create the 33 birdhouses on display at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, artists, architects, and designers collaborated to present an artistic and aesthetically pleasing birdhouse. They are; Shun Kinoshita and Charlap Hyman & Herro, Kyle May Architect, SO-IL, and many more.
A Home for Flickers
The event was inspired by the bird species that live in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In addition, a National Audubon Society study said there were problems caused by climate change and habitat destruction that led to a decline of as many as 30 percent of birds across North America. So this is the background of "For the Birds" which seeks to respond to ongoing environmental problems.
"Four Birds," made of maple hardwood
The unique and different designs in each birdhouse provide an opportunity for visitors to learn about birds and their habitats through the perspectives of the artists, architects, and designers. The uniqueness in each birdhouse's design features different shapes designed with various materials.
"For the Birds" celebrates and underscores the existential relationship between birds and plants that are entirely interdependent with art, education, and science for visitors of all ages," said Adrian Benepe, president, and CEO of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Some of the bird cages on display during the event were created taking into account certain species. Like the birdhouses were designed by Kyle May Architect, who thinks about the relationship between crows and scarecrows. Wood material was chosen to create a birdhouses structure that allows crows to roost. This birdhouse stands up to 3 meters high
Kyle May Architect creates a nest for crows
In addition, SO-IL architecture studio in collaboration with Dalma Foldesi, Jing In Seo, and Eventscape exhibited a bird cage made of clay with a shape that resembles a skyscraper devoted to eastern bluebirds. This form is inspired by the way birds build their intricate dwellings. This birdhouse is known as "A Palace for the Eastern Bluebird.
Clay structure resembling skyscraper designed by SO-IL
Shun Kinoshita, a designer from Tokyo who collaborated with Charlap Hyman & Herro also enlivened the "For the Birds" event, creating a birdhouse made of nitrate, resin, plastic, and paper in green intended to align the leaves around. Its cloud-like shape is inspired by the architecture of the cave and the light on the clouds, so this birdhouse can be a place for all types of birds
Bird cages resembling clouds by Shun Kinoshita
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