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August 9, 2010

Alright, that was an nauseatingly cheesy title, but…

This week I am working on finishing up a birdhouse for [The Atlanta Chapter] Architecture for Humanity’s 2nd Annual Birdhouse Social! My main goals were to create something simple, sustainable, and suitable for a birdie to live in.

Some verbage on the design so far >>

My idea was to retrofit an old basket since it has an organic, nest-like feel and is already designed for hanging. Then I took the concept of an old-school basket two steps further… I incorporated a bowl of some green liveliness (a low maintenance cactus) into the structure to add life/color/interest/contrast. The bowl of cactus also provide a roof structure to plug the opening in the basket and shelter the bird. To really emphasize the hanging position of the birdhouse, I am in the process of creating a mobile of plant root silhouettes. The silhouettes will be laser cut out of some scrap white acrylic that I have. The mobile will suspend from the bottom of the basket.

The basket and bowl were found at Salvation Army. The white plastic ring and wooden dowel were left over scraps from studio last semester. Overall, it cost me less than $10 to make and I was able to manipulate everything with hand tools.

Details about the Birdhouse Social (from the official site) >>

The event takes place on Saturday, August 14th 2010, from 4 to 8 pm.  The evening will feature a silent auction of custom birdhouses, and chicken coops, designed by some of Atlanta’s most creative residents. This year, the Birdhouse Social will benefit the Greater Vine Cities Outreach Program and English Avenue Campus renovation. Studioplex once again plays host to this outdoor event with Graphite Design also returning to create glorious birdhouse displays via creative installation.

Hope to see some of you there!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2010 02:51

    Yay! Can’t wait to see your finished birdhouse on Saturday! You should be able to see a distinct print on mine 😉

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