The Brooklyn Botanical Garden Has 33 New Artist-Designed Birdhouses on Display

published Jun 24, 2022
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If you stop by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden any time between now and the end of October, you’ll see much more than beautiful flowers and foliage. A brand new art installation called For the Birds just went up and features quirky birdhouses designed by 33 different art, architectural, and design studios.

For the Birds challenged participants to design birdhouses that respond to the specific habitats of birds in the context of climate change-caused depopulation.

“Climate change and the related destruction of habitat have led to a 30 percent decline in birds across North America,” Brooklyn Botanic Garden CEO Adrian Benepe told Dezeen, citing a National Audobon Society study.

The resulting birdhouses are colorful, sculptural, and architecturally beautiful, providing a safe space to nest and shelter for birds traveling through the Garden.

[For the Birds] is a joint project with acclaimed music supervisor Randall Poster,” a BBG Instagram caption reads. “During the most isolating times of COVID-19, Poster, like many, sought out nature as a respite. The wonder of birds inspired him to gather friends and colleagues to celebrate and protect birds and their habitats.”

The exhibit also features The Birdsong Project, an art-filled 20-LP box set musical experience that was composed by over 200 acclaimed musicians, poets, visual artists, historians, and actors. Proceeds from the box set benefit The Audobon Society.

The birdhouses will be on display until October 20 and tickets to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden can be purchased online ahead of your visit. You can also stream The Birdsong Project on your favorite streaming survive or pre-order the LP box set.