Gallery: Animal Estates ‘Model Homes’ by Fritz Haeg

 

Our favorite visionary designer Fritz Haeg is at it once again, this time with the launch of Animal Estates, the much-anticipated follow up to his Edible Estates of the past few years (2005 to present) and whose official book release, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, is tomorrow, February 1st. The 2008 Whitney Biennial will feature the first peek at Animal Estates, an eight site project that examines dwellings for animals and critters that have been displaced or shunned from man-made habitats and settlements. Whether creating art in a manicured suburban front yard, at the local strip mall, or in a city parking lot, Haeg proposes to construct customized dwellings or model homes that will encourage the resettlement of animal species in neighborhoods that would otherwise be devoid of native fauna.

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  1. metrofilmko April 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    This is new video on Fritz I found!

    http://www.dwell.com/daily/video/17171261.html

  2. metrofilmko April 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm
  3. oakling February 2, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    But in the case of ecosystems that should have bees, spiders, termites, moles, etc., this is a good idea to keep the system in balance so that something else invasive doesn’t get out of control. It’s like how cockroaches normally are good for the environment because they live in the earth and aerate the soil, making it easier for plants to grow – they only invade houses when pesticide use makes it impossible for them to stay in their natural habitat. Now we just need little cockroach condos….

  4. Tyler January 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Those pictures include bees, spiders, and termites. I don’t think too many homeowners will be thrilled to see more of these creatures purposely brought into their neighborhoods. I’m all for more birds, squirrels, and beavers, but termites would swallow my all wood home.

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