T-Jay has created a really great bird box based on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and what a challenge it has been!
The Globe Theatre proved quite easy to find plans and images for but translating them into 3D has taken T-Jay on a real creative journey, during which he has worked really hard and proved his perseverance by refusing to compromise on the accuracy of his bird box. Whether we end up with a thatch roof remains to be seen…
Challenges have included making the box a dodecagon ( a twleve sided shape and a new word for us all), making the roof a tapered dodecagon. This required using some interesting compound angles which challenged Richard as much as T-Jay and made the box a real collaboration between them!
Once constructed the challenges continue as T-Jay insists on decorating the box with timber joist details (to reflect the original timber frame construction) and we think T-Jay will be doing some overtime at Woodend Mill during half term to get his nest box finished.
So far the box looks great and we’re sure all the hard work and dedication will be more than worth while.
T-Jay has also proved an invaluable assistant on the project working with Barrier Breakers to share the skills he’s gained making the Globe Theatre (and also proving his worth pulling the abirdabode Partridge in a Pear Tree carriage for the Oldham Reindeer Parade).
Tiny timber details
My own fault!
Helen joined the abirdabode project very late in the day but proved up to the challenge of making an art bird box. With a little help from Dylan (superstar assistant) Helen spent her first every DSYR session making a diamond bird box from a kit of pre cut parts (the same pattern used with the Barrier breakers group). Having mastered power tools she returned for her second session armed with a very detailed drawing of a beautiful summer meadow design bursting with bright colours.
Helen’s bird box is certainly the brightest and sunniest and the detail and colours are quite something to see.
Helen ready to paint
Katie’s Moulin Rouge bird box has been complicated to make due to compound angles for both the roof and the sides (but especially for the roof). Luckily Katie proved to be a bit of a maths whizz in calculating the sizes of the triangles and the proportions of the bird box are extremely striking and sure to make a great artwork.
The inspiration for my bird box is from the film, Moulin Rouge. I am recreating the windmill. With sails, the body and design.
The windmill, will be the colour of a very deep red, with black details for the windows. The roof will be a very dirty colour of grey.
The reason that I chose to do the Moulin Rouge windmill is because I am a huge fan of the movie and I thought that the shape and design of the body would be a perfect size for the birds to inhabit. It has a very tall and sturdy structure to it.
wind mill in t’mill
Moulin Rouge bird box plan
Zak has taken art deco as his theme and combined this with a sculptural form taken from nature – a snail.
His bird box involved some complicated cutting out to make the snail shell spiral and some tricky carpentry to clad the curve in bendy ply, but with a little help from Greg it came together really well. Unfortunately the painting involved many, many colours and proved just as time consuming, but the end result is going to be great…
You can see the finished bird box at Gallery Oldham from March 14th until May 2nd at the abirdabode exhibition.
Zak ready to paint
snail bird box maquette
Izzy has made the most architectural bird box based around the fire station where Walt Disney established the Disney empire.
My artist is Walt Disney. He and his cartoons have been inspiration for my Bird Box.
History of Disney and the fire house.
In the War Disney drew mouse cartoons. The soldiers bought the drawings. After the War, Disney named the mouse Mortimer. His wife later said ‘Mickey’ sounded better. Steamboat Willie in 1933 was the first animated Disney short feature. Disney cartoons progressed. In 1971 Disney World Florida opened. When Walt died, a candle was lit in the fire department (a building on main Street)
Disney had a private apartment in the fire station to watch his park progress. When the candle was lit it meant Disney was in the park. When he died the candle was permanently lit. So his spirit is always in the park.
architectural bird box basics
Disney fire station bird box
Just a spot of glue…
Tori’s art bird box is inspired by her love of the Lord of the Rings films and based on the a Hobbit home of the type that might be found in the Shire on Middle earth.
The Hobbit and LOTR birdbox!
My Bird box was inspired by the Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit films. It is based on bag End, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ house. I decided to keep the door round instead of making it the hole for the birds to enter because it is such a recognized feature if Bag End. Instead I’ve made the windows the place for the birds to enter.
Tori’s done a great job in developing her design from the maquette stage where it was very angular and really embraced the possibilities and process of making curved forms from timber.
Tori has expanded the idea of a friendly home by making her nest box a communal and designed for house sparrows – the Hobbits of the bird world. As well as working really hard to make what is quite a complex bird box Tori also used the design as part of her school work and produced some excellent 3D CAD plans from her maquette.
You can admired all the finished nest box at the abirdabode exhibition starting Saturday 14th March.
Jacqui checks the progress
Hobbit home plan
Tori ready to paint
Why use gloves?
Jake’s cubic bird box has taken it’s form from a direct interpretation of the art movement of Cubism.
My design is a combination of cubes arranged around a central cube; I got the idea from various artists using cubism to express artwork.
A strong and solid sculptural form Jake created a central cube and four orbiting cubes from ply and using his maths and engineering training made a great geometric bird box. Tricky parts were making sure everything was cut straight and true and calculating the size of the cubes to make sure they were true cubes taking into account the various thickness of ply available.
The final stages of the making involved choosing a layout for the orbiting cubes- they would make a nice interchangeable design and cutting a square entrance hole to echo the orbiting cubes.
Luckily Greg was happy to assist with the painting of Jake’s bird box Jake was certainly more into the making than the painting, thank you Greg!
Greg goes green
are you sure?
Jake ready to paint
Hannah has created a birdbox based on the logo for her favorite band (and as featured on what we suspect is her favorite t-shirt).
The inspiration for my bird box was the All Time Low ghosts logo. All Time Low is a band I listen to. I wanted to design a bird box based on something I loved. I did 3 ghosts, all different sizes.
I did this by trying to cut out the shapes of the ghosts so that they all mould together. However this proved to be difficult, so the ghosts don’t mould perfectly together, however they do fit together well. The ghost on the right is the smallest and the ghost in the middle is the biggest.
The ghost on the left will be purple, the ghost in the middle will be blue and the ghost on the right will be red. The middle ghost will be the ghost the bird will nest in. One of the eyes will be the hole the bird goes into. The other eyes of the ghosts will be white. The base of the bird box will be black.
Choosing a cartoony graphic logo as inspiration has allowed Hannah to create a bird box with a really strong and clear sculptural form and great colours, as well as being a friendly and fun looking nest box.
All time low logo
All time low bird box basics
Hannah and her ghosts
cutting curves on the bandsaw
Discovery Sunday at RSPB Dove Stone reservoir promised to be a great day but the British weather had other plans. We set off into a spring like morning and were joined by a few intrepid early risers to decorate an Art Bird and make a nest box. But the rain and wind slowly crept across the hills, hiding the peregrines on Dove Stone Quarry and forcing us to shelter under our hastily erected gazebo. Then the snow set in. By lunchtime we realised our gazebo wasn’t built for the suddenly arctic conditions and decided we’d better call it a day and make a swift exit before we froze.
Well done to the brave few who joined us to decorate an Art Bird and make a nest box and we hope to return for a full day in Summer. Meanwhile how’s about abirdigloo for the resident penguins?
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 01
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 06
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 04
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 02
Need a bigger abirdabode
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 05
I think it might snow!
As part of Well Good Arts Week the abirdabode big bird box landed at Gallery Oldham to give everyone chance to decorate an Art Bird.
People flocked to the big abirdabode and we were very busy all day with visitors of all ages decorating a multitude of Art Birds. A grand total of 142 Art Birds were created in a huge variety of dazzling designs from vibrant visions in spectacular colours to realistic Robins and Bluetits.
Every Art Bird created will be on display as part of the abirdabode exhibition and the Art Bird Flock is certainly going to look fantastic. Kettle (the Oldham Otter) was amazed (and very jealous of the Art Birds’ colourful plumage!).