Vicky’s bird box is based on a traditional church building and has being designed specifically to provide a nest site for sparrows following Vicky’s research into our endangered birds.
The design consists of two standard bird box shapes joined together to create an elongated church shape and homes for two families of birds. Vicky is decorating her bird church with mosaics focusing on grey tones enhanced with vividly coloured detailed designs.
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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
Just a spot of glue…
Disney fire station bird box
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
Why use gloves?
Hobbit home plan
Tori ready to paint
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!
Jake ready to paint
are you sure?
Greg goes green
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
It’s just ten days until the abirdabode exhibition opens at Gallery Oldham (on Saturday 14th March at 1pm) and we’re very busy getting everything ready. All the finished Art Bird Boxes are looking fantastic – we’re not going to reveal any of them here, you’ll have to come to the exhibition to see them!
We’re also preparing a display for the Art Bird Flock of over three hundred Art Birds created by people at Festival Oldham, Oldham Flower Festival, Well Good Arts Week and RSPB Dove Stone’s Discovery Sunday event. If you decorated one be sure to have a good explore of the Art Bird Flock and see if you can spot yours.
We’ll be at Gallery Oldham from 1pm till 4pm on Saturday 14th March along with many of the amazing Art Bird Box Artists from Dove Stone Youth Rangers, Barrier Breakers, Grassroots Community Project and Trinity House so please pop in and see us, admire the Art Bird Boxes and have a chat with their creators.
Hope to see you there…
The abirdabode Exhibition – Gallery Oldham March 14 to May 2nd
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?
Need a bigger abirdabode
I think it might snow!
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 05
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 04
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 06
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 02
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 01