The BOWERbirds are coming!

paper mache objects in-progress

Have you heard of Bowerbirds? They are amazing creatures who decorate their nests with colorful manmade and natural objects in order to attract a mate. They are very particular about organizing the colors together and picky about everything being in the right place. Kind of like designers.

My friend and collaborator Sarah Sandman was taken with these birds and decided to concoct a design installation in honor of them for the Wassaic Project summer exhibition 2013, where she is an artist in residence. Sarah invited a group of us to contribute design objects which will be placed in a yurt constructed by contributor Kelley Sullivan. Visitors to the exhibition, which happens in a 7-story restored mill building in Wassaic, New York, are invited to enter the yurt and arrange the objects as they see fit. Over the course of the summer, the installation will be constantly rearranged as new people pass through and make their mark. 

The image above is my paper mache contribution to the BOWER project, in-progress. I'm really excited to see how it all comes together NEXT WEEK!

 

Sarah Sandman's felt rugs in progress

Sarah Sandman's felt rugs in progress

Emma Alpert's knit jugs made with found broken bottle tops.

Emma Alpert's knit jugs made with found broken bottle tops.