I thought I heard a bird 2019 > Edge Conditions 2

bench, bird hide, urban wildlife, wildlife habitat
Edge Conditions 2
Salvaged wood furniture, metal chair bases, reclaimed urban timber (Elm), spray paint, oil finish

The piece Edge Conditions 2 is a park bench reminiscent of a bird hide or bird blind. However, it is clearly not camouflaged with natural tree branched or foliage, rather with the salvaged parts of abandoned timber furniture, assembled in a neo-natural screen and spray-painted green. The bench itself is an edge where humans and birds overlap, each finding their habitat in the urban setting. The work speaks of an ambivalent position of humans in relation to nature and wildlife in relationship to architecture in the shared and contested space of the urban environment: whose space is it, and who is watching who?