The Stevens Point Sculpture Park in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society gave artist Mike Godell the opportunity to build “Birdcraft” – an organic sculpture that explores the aesthetic possibilities of constructed Chimney Swift towers. The Chimney Swift is a bird that commonly nests in chimneys. The population has been in decline due to a loss of habitat, as more and more chimneys are capped or torn down. Birdcraft’s sculptural shell is made of reclaimed lumber and it conceals a 12-foot-tall nesting chamber. The first opportunity to see if Chimney Swifts will use the tower will be this Spring, during the birds’ migration.

+ Mike Godell

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