- Bird Cage: A Captive Bird's Microcosm
- Selected for Boffo Showhouse NYC 2012
- A captive bird is often a lonely bird, we’ve tried to remedy that situation by creating a habitat that will attract native wild birds to the cage when set in an outdoor setting. Initially seeded by us the cage will sprout plants to attract wild birds and with these new friends will come more plants, seeded by the visitors. Soon the birdcage will become a small hanging microcosm of manmade and organic material, enhancing the life of birds everywhere.
The cage is built from two interlocking ‘U’ shapes whose interior provides the habitat for the captive bird and the exterior attracts wild birds. The upper ‘U’ is a hollow form with a soil encrusted skin that supports vegetation depending on climate and which wild birds you’d like to attract, from grasses to succulents and chickweed. Within this hollow form is the nesting place for the captive bird, it is in here where the bird can scratch around in gravel and hay and build a nest for future progeny. This space contrasts with the lower hanging ‘U’, the cage, which is similar to typical bird cages. Constructed of woven metal rods and dipped in colored enamel the shape of the cage allows the bird to fly between two hanging lobes. At the bases of these lobes are two pools surrounded by chickweed, it is here where the bird can drink water or splash around and take a bath.