london based duo Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist call themselves London Fieldworks. their most recent project is entitled ‘Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven’ and consists of hundreds of bird boxes carefully placed on a specific kind of tree called “Ailanthus Altissima trees” which are also known as the tree of heaven.
the aim of the project was to provide a work that could be enjoyed by humans AND birds alike! while humans can observe and enjoy the spontaneous city, birds can use it as their makeshift home. they highlight ecosystems and how everything in nature works together. in spontaneous city, humans are giving back to the birds!
by the size of some of those bird houses, there must be some tiny, tiny birds in london!
London Fieldworks is multi-disciplinary, working in sculpture, film, installation and architecture — most all their projects have a social motive behind them. they want to bridge art, architecture, collaboration and science into all their projects. Joelson and Gilchrist noted the Brazilian favelas (slums) as an architecture inspiration for this project and i can totally see how they translated favela construction to bird houses.
Images Via London Fieldworks