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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Not much time left to get the Barrier Breakers Bird Boxes built and so it was a busy, busy session.
Detailed painting continued apace and adding unique individual design touches to each art bird box kept everyone occupied. Michael proved he could paint just as well as he could cut out with the background designs for his Jurassic bird box, Brandon proved a skilled scroll saw operator and helped Adam cut out poppies for his WW1 memorial box. Katie’s love birds box looked fantastic and (Hi) Lee showed his delicate drawing skills in the decoration of his United shield whilst Nathan painted a lovely football pitch on the front of his rival City box.
Another Mane attraction was Sophie adding a wool lion’s mane to her cowardly bird box (we hope the birds don’t use it all for nest building or we may end up with a bald cowardly lion). Leah worked hard to paint all twelve Rugby Super League logos onto rugby balls to decorate her bird box (well all except for Hull Kingston Rovers…) and there’s now also a secret Lewis Hamilton hiding around one of the bird boxes to look out for!
One highlight of the evening was Kash making the tremendous achievement of using both the bandsaw and scroll saw to cut his Polish shield, despite initially being very nervous of the saws he persevered and afterwards said it was ‘easy peasy’. Great work Kash!
We were also thrilled that Greg said he could see the different personalitiles of the group coming out through the bird boxes they had created which is perfect. Creative engagement of this type should allow for individual artistic expression and that fact that Greg, who knows the group really well could see this in the work created really touched us and made us even more proud to be part of the groups achievements.
Our second visit to the brilliant Barrier Breakers and it was time to get painting, once we’d finished construction of the nest boxes that is…
Building the roofs for the diamond shaped boxes was made easier by using a specially constructed roof jig to hold the pieces at the required 90degrees whilst screwing them together and once the final pieces of the boxes were fixed and all the roofs completed painting began.
Base coats where swiftly applied in a multitude of colours and then planning for details and top coats was made whilst the paint dried. Everyone enjoyed choosing colours and planning the look of their nest boxes; Nathan and (Hi) Lee are working in collaboration to produce rival Man Utd & Man City bird boxes so painted a base coat of green to be detailed as a football pitch next week. Leah also chose a green base for her Rugby Team theme, Kyle and Michael chose light blue as a sky effect and Sophie went for a lovely rich lion golden brown.
We were also thrilled to welcome new Barrier Breaker Katie to the project and she proved a dab hand at bird box making and in no time had her nest box ready for her beautiful love birds theme design.
Some of the group will be cutting out 3D elements to enhance their designs so there was also scroll saw and band saw training to take part in! Kash took over as official group photographer for the night and took some great pictures (as well as a few selfies!).
All in all it was a very busy session but once again the group all worked together brilliantly (especially Nathan and Lewis who took on wandering assistants roles and helped everyone finish their making) and achieved a tremendous amount and had a great and really creative time.
Success at Grassroots as the big, big abirdabode is finished.
Two days hard work by everyone and the human sized nest box is complete and looking fine!
No pressure for abirdabode this week as on arrival at Grassroots we noticed that item three on the weeks work schedule was finish Birdhouse! Everyone rose to the challenge and worked extremely hard to ensure we reached our goal, and to stay warm in the sub zero temperatures!
Marnie and Loz cut extra roof planks whilst Neil and Kelly trimmed the eaves to fit, Nathan, Kelly, Andy and Jacqui completed the mosaic and timber round designs for the nest box sides. The additional last minute task of making a set of twelve sparrow nest boxes was completed in just under two hours by the speedy team of Darian, Ben and Mark.
With just ten minutes to go before lunch on Friday we raced to assemble the big abirdabode. After a swift panel saw adjustment to the peaks of the side walls everything fitted together beautifully and the Big abirdabode was complete and looking amazing. Everyone was thrilled and extremely proud of what their skill and hard work had achieved.
We’re now looking forward to installing the Big abirdabode in Gallery Oldham and giving everyone a chance to admire it.
Thank you to everyone at Grassroots for all the hard work and enthusiasm, it’s been a brilliant few weeks and a real pleasure to work with you all. The cakes are on us at the abirdabode show launch on March 14th!
Lily’s Iron Man Nest Box is probably the most complicated in terms of shape and construction due to the number of parts required; one body, one head, two arms and two legs… But not only has it got to look like Tony Stark’s alter ego but Lily has chosen to make her nest box in the style of a Lego Iron Man.
I chose this because I think it would be a suitable size for a bird box and at the same time the design means it would be a unique shape. The colours are different and aesthetically pleasing.
The actual nest box part of Iron Man will be inside his torso (with the birds entering through the Arc Reactor of course) and this was the first and most straight forward part to be made.
Lily draw a very detailed set of plans and dimensions from her maquette and had no problem making the torso as a slightly tapered box shape. The legs were made in a similar way from thin plywood with the curved upper leg made from a piece of drain pipe. The most complex part to build was Iron Mans head but with Bronagh’s assistance to cut a number of rings for form the outer edge of Iron Man’s helmet and support some bendy ply to form Iron Man’s face the end result looked great.