Architects design birdhouses for Brooklyn Botanic Yard exhibition

A Miami Beach front-inspired retreat for sun-seekers, a wooden shingle-clad multifamily residence, and a 3D-printed earthen abode will all debut this month in avian-helpful variety at Brooklyn Botanic Back garden (BBG)’s For the Birds, an exhibition and event series billed as a “multidisciplinary celebration of the interconnectedness of birds and plants.”

The garden-vast festivities kick just take flight beginning on June 11.

The aforementioned creations—designed by Studio Barnes, Joyce Hwang, and SO­–IL in collaboration with Dalma Földesi, Jung In Search engine optimization, and Eventscape, respectively—are just 3 of the 33 website-specific birdhouses that will anchor the BBG’s blockbuster chicken bash, which will also attribute an indoor gallery exhibition, music, performances, and instructional programming influenced by the birds that call the 52-acre botanical backyard garden dwelling. In addition to fêting the garden’s feathered residents, the exhibition will draw awareness to the numerous threats they confront.

“Climate adjust and associated destruction of habitat have led to a 30 % decrease in birds across North The usa,” said Adrian Benepe, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Botanic Yard, in a press assertion. “Since 1911, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been rising, preserving, and advertising crops and conservation—we are household to 1 of the nation’s initially native plant gardens, and our grounds functionality as a wonderful, protected place for birds.”

For the Birds celebrates and underscores the existential relationship among birds and vegetation, which are fully mutually dependent, with artwork, education and learning, and science for an viewers of all ages,” Benepe added.

Notion artwork for Forest of Spaces  by Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO (Courtesy Brooklyn Botanical Backyard)
rendering of a cylindrical birdhouse with wildflowers in the background
Notion art for Foraged Elements for Foraging Birds by Peterson Rich Place of work. (Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Yard)

Between the spectacular slate of architects, landscape architects, designers, and artists tapped for the avian architecture exhibition are Miriam Peterson and Nathan Loaded of Peterson Loaded Business office, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO by Helene Schauer, Roman and Williams, Steven Holl and Raphael Mostel, Barry McGee, Tom Sachs, Misha Kahn, and Olalekan Jeyifous, whose Birdega pays tribute to the “vanishing urban ephemera” of New York City these types of as corner bodegas and storefront churches. In the meantime, Walter Hood’s A Nest for Crows reimagines the partnership in between humans and the prolific winged scavenger-builders with a habitat—“woven alongside one another to create kind for new life” for each Hood—built by us from our personal foraged litter, which include bottlecaps and other discarded objects.

A number of of the 33 birdhouses on display for the duration of the run of For the Birds were established with particular species in head, these kinds of as Suchi Reddy’s dome-formed, Carolina wren nest-motivated The Nest Egg Nina Cooke John’s Oh Robin!, and Ellen Van Dusen’s Rely on Me Downy, a fabricated-from-cedar homage to the downy woodpecker, a species that the Brooklyn textile designer explained as becoming “loud, destructive, personable, and lovable.”

“Imagine a actually large version of a downy woodpecker,” Van Dusen extra. “But make it a birdhouse.”

Presenting sponsor Warby Parker also made available up its personal cheeky contribution dubbed Textbooks for Birds. The wooden shelter takes variety as a library manufactured from textbooks for men and women-viewing patrons, with titles which includes Rare Brooklynites and Their Nesting Behaviors and People Music: Vol. 2 (1990–1999).

rendering of a crow habitat built for trash
Concept art for Walter Hood’s A Nest For Crows (Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Backyard)
conceptual rendering of a square blue birdhouse
Concept artwork for Oh Robin! by Nina Cooke John (Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

A total list of the birdhouses and their respective designers as very well as their places inside of the sprawling, Prospect Park-adjacent BBG campus can be located below.

For the Birds is just 1 element of The Birdsong Venture, a much larger just-launched initiative from the exhibition’s resourceful director, the lauded television and film songs supervisor Randall Poster. Later on this 12 months, Poster, best recognized for his operate with director Wes Anderson, will release The Birdsong Project, a 20-album set of initial recordings produced for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown. Encompassing poetry, album include art, and a lot more than 200 functions of initial tunes, The Birdsong Undertaking characteristics a star-studded list of contributors spanning new music, film, the visual arts, literature, and poetry. Beck, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, Philip Glass, Roz Chast, Yo Yo Ma, Nick Cave, Jeff Goldblum, and Rita Dove are just a few of the notable names associated. Some will work from The Birdsong Venture will be highlighted during the operate of For the Birds via devoted listening stations and live performances.

“Like a lot of folks operating from residence during the Plague of 2020, I identified some solace in the tranquil that descended on New York Town,” said Poster in a statement. “As another person moved by and functioning on tunes all my lifestyle, I had my ears opened to the tunes of the birds and was moved by the splendor and wide variety of their song. I was not by itself. I also learned that hen daily life was at fantastic danger as habitats are more and more threatened. And so, motivated by both equally pleasure and revelation, the Birdsong Project began.”

visual of a cornerstore-inspired bodega
Notion artwork for Birdega by Olalekan Jeyifous (Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Backyard garden)
conceptual rendering of a 3d-printed birdhouse
Thought artwork for A Palace for the Jap Bluebird by SO–IL, Dalma Földesi, Jung In Web optimization, and Eventscape (Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Yard)

In addition to the birdhouse exhibition, other significant programming highlights of For the Birds incorporate an opening celebration on June 11 Birds of the West Indies, an exhibition of performs from multidisciplinary artist Taryn Simon on perspective in the BBG’s Conservatory Gallery (June 7–August 28) weekend birding excursions a liminal soundbath by Alex Sommers, Julianna Barwick, and Mary Lattimore (June 20) a range of loved ones-helpful displays horticulture displays, and considerably additional.

For the Birds operates by way of the summer time and by the starting of slide, concluding on Oct 23.