In her time volunteering with a birdwatching group dedicated to making Baltimore a safe city for migrating birds, artist Lynne Parks collected birds killed by skyscrapers and decided to photograph them to show the tragedy of the phenomenon. ‘I wanted to emphasize the individual… I want to honor them as well as inform about the […]
I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it certainly deserves a second look. ‘Using mixed materials like plumage, hair, gold, and paint’, New Zealand artist Karley Fever creates ‘exotic creatures and nests with a strangely familiar and surreal aesthetic’. Surreal is right! Some of these birds have extraordinary hairdos such as ponytails, dreadlocks and braids.
If you have low self-esteem because you were never really good at arts and crafts, look away now. Diana Beltran Herrera has been fascinated with birds since she was a child. Eventually, these animals inspired her to recreate their beautiful and elegant forms through her realistic sculptures. What she does is she first creates a […]
Anyone who thinks they can simply lie down briefly on a public bench is already being sabotaged: the benches are deliberately too short for this, or the public benches are being interrupted by ‘comfortable’ armrests. Into our obsession with control and security and what that can ultimately derail comes Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s impressive artwork, Parkverbot (looted art). It […]
So Neels Castillon was shooting a commercial with Mathias Touzeris in Marseille, France, when a massive flock of starlings turned up and started a mass aerial display. The technical term for the dance is ‘murmuration’, and Alt-J’s Hand-made makes a really good soundtrack for the birds’ ensemble performance.
Rene Mesman is a photographer based in Amsterdam with a perfect eye for detail. Besides interiors, advertisements, and a intriguing series of people in Kosovo, he also creates still life and a series of still life pictures with taxidermy. He gives birds a perfect hairdo and thereby a human appearance. Or is it, in fact, […]
You won’t believe your eyes. These feathered guys are sporting gorgeous hues that are completely unnatural. Artist Julian Charriere created a pigeon painting machine to add a little extra color to daily life. Basically, she built a huge bird trap on a building which caught the pigeons, carried them on a conveyer belt, and air brushed […]
You don’t want to cross these feathered little guys. They’re real tough customers. Or at least, that’s the way things seem in these humorous photos by Indonesian photographer Sijanto Sijanto. These shots capture the perfect moment when the little birdies are at their angriest. If they could speak, we’d hear tiny chirps of “Hey Bro, […]
This clever design series presented during Dutch Design Week 2008 combines beautiful fonts and taxidermy birds. Surprisingly, these images brighten your mood with all the vibrant color. Somehow a stuffed dead body isn’t so creepy after all. The concept is playing off the fact that the words spell out noises that the birds made while […]
Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek was in Krakow when he saw a guy feeding swans and ducks. The sheer beauty of the stark contrast between his dark figure against the snow-covered land, and between the white swans against the dark waters and er, dark ducks, has led to this picture surfacing everywhere on the Internet and […]
Have you ever wanted to teach your pet crow to play the piano but just didn’t know which training curriculum to buy? Well look no further! Daniel Walthers had the exact same dilemma when it came to training his pets Mac and Moe to tickle the ivories. And so he invented the Advanced Corvid Training […]
Artist Adam S Doyle creates beautifully graphic images imbued with simple, rich texture, showing a kind of restraint that many illustrators can learn from. Being neither simplistic nor flashy, his bird paintings are a prime example of less being more, provided you know what you’re doing.
Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev has managed to capture some absolutely astonishing images of Iceland’s volcanoes with a bird’s eye perspective. Each shot is completely unique and looks like everything from magnified body parts to dragon scales. We suggest having a little game of ‘Dude that looks like …’ It’s even funner then playing with the clouds.
Sure, call us childish, but there’s something about pigeons that give us the giggles. They’ may look dumpy and loopy, but these winged bastards are also hardcore street survivors. We don’t think we’re alone in our fascination — the Feral Pigeon has over 42,000 followers on Twitter (sadly, there’s been a lack of, er, tweets, since June). Thankfully we’ve found Today’s Pigeon by Mike Immerman and Allison Bagg over at culture site Animal. Here, gritty snapshots of irate street pigeons come with the badly (and suitably) scribbled bird-brained musings they harbour in their pretty little heads.
One night last year, I happened to catch some of Shannon Favia’s artwork on display at Chicago restaurant/venue, Uncommon Ground, just down the street from Wrigley Field. It really caught my eye, so I made sure to find her work online when I got home that evening. Using materials that include spray paint, cutout strips of denim, buttons, guitar picks and a wide variety of specialty papers, she creates pieces that immediately draw you in. Birds seem to be a favorite subject and her work often features them pasted on or stenciled text that make interesting comments on various aspects of the human condition. Or would that be the bird condition?