Gallery: Pixelated Birdhouses Sprout on City Trees in London

 
We love the strangely organic forms that are created by stacking these distinct modular box shapes together and are happy to hear that they have been woven together using elastic bands, which means the structure can change over time as the tree grows.

With over 250 bird and bug boxes available in the stunning sculptural art installation, birds can choose from a range of shapes and sizes of boxes to use for shelter, nesting or feeding spaces. The diverse complex of bird boxes were designed to reflect the architecture in the nearby Georgian terraces and 1960s flats that surround the park in Duncan Terrace Gardens and Cremorne Gardens. We love the strangely organic forms that are created by stacking these distinct modular box shapes together and are happy to hear that they have been woven together using elastic bands, which means the structure can change over time as the tree grows.

The ‘Spontaneous City’ installations have developed from a concept that the London Fieldwork duo initiated in 2008 with the Super Kingdom, where they created a series of animal ‘show homes’ for the Kings Wood, which included the Mussolini Bird House.

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Image © London Fieldworks 2010

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10 Comments

  1. mook73 March 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    why am i getting goosebumps here….

  2. lazyreader March 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    In some cases you end up attracting non-native species that like the birdhouses. If you feed a bear in the wild, the park service will shoot it cause it gets used to humanity. What’s the justification for building homes and feeding birds. Birds build their own damn houses; their called nests.

  3. Cliff Champion March 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    This is a great concept! I’m not sure that such a high number of birds would live in such close proximity though. Use of elastic bands to accommodate future tree growth is clever, and I can’t help but imagine how loud those birdhouses would be if each one had “residents.” Great stuff.

  4. bdy March 24, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Totally stunning.

  5. welz March 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    The trees look infected for sure. Very Cool!!!! Agree there needs to be some perches near by to give the birds a place to sit and check things out before going into the nest for the first time. Great observation.

  6. cristina.correa March 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    la intencion es interesante, me gustaria saber como respondieron los pájaros.

  7. SHAAWN October 5, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Looks amazing! Have the houses been popular with the birds?

  8. fredhatman August 18, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Clever concept. One small but very important oversight… birds generally never fly on to the edge of the entrance to a nesting box but, in the natural word, perch on a twig near the nest to check for predators before entering. Could your artists perhaps get hold of some dowel rod and cut them into small pieces and start gluing? Oh, dear!

  9. rei August 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I know that birds freak out when they see two circles next to each other.

    Curious to see whether they’d freak out when they see this.

  10. xenosilvano August 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Interesting but ugly at the same time–it looks like the tree contracted some sort of virus or something.

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