Artist Thomas Dambo is reclaiming sprawling urban areas for the birds. He transforms recycled scrap wood into bright and inviting birdhouses. The carpenter-turned-artist hopes the bright little boxes will encourage birds to return to the city and flourish.
Originally from Denmark, Dambo has grown his business around the Copenhagen area and beyond. His Happy City Birds projects have culminated in beautiful and functional birdhouse displays outside of hotels and public libraries. The Hvalsø library project enlisted the help of local children painting their own personal designs on the houses, which were then hung on a tree-like facade.
Dambo uses recycled scrap wood, usually from construction sites that would otherwise trash the usable material. He has made over 3,000 birdhouses in sum and says his projects are about “reminding us that it’s important to leave room for birds in the urban world.” Some of his creations are even shaped like different species of birds. He reports some bird families have claimed his houses and that he specifically builds projects in areas located away from busy streets so that birds will be encouraged to stick around.
Via Bored Panda
Images via Thomas Dambo