For the birds in Brooklyn

Artist Julie Peppito actually went to town to create a super birdhouse that pays tribute to five American birds.

“Some of their populations are declining and some are not, but I put them all together because if we don’t do anything, they’re really all going to go down and so are we,” Peppito said.


What you need to know

  • “For the Birds” is a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • It contains more than 30 bird houses created by artists, architects and designers
  • The project is part of a larger initiative called The Birdsong Project, curated by acclaimed film and TV music producer Randall Poster
  • A 2019 study estimated that the bird population in North America has declined by 30 percent since 1970

Peppito’s work is one of 33 birdhouses by artists, architects and designers placed around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, part of an exhibition called “For the Birds.” It grew out of a larger initiative by acclaimed film and television music supervisor Randall Poster, who curated a 20-album set of music and poetry from artists such as Beck, Nick Cave and Elvis Costello called The Birdsong Project, inspired by his experiences. during the pandemic.

“Just a kind of marvel at all the birdlife that had become more visible and oral during the lockdown,” Poster said.

“Randall did this for the benefit of the Audubon Society, he said I have a part two, we want to commission artists to make these works of art, but I need a place to display them, and for us it was kind of new brain because Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been sort of an actual bird sanctuary for 110 years because of the amazing habitat we have here,” said Adrian Benedetto, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Visitors can listen to selections from The Birdsong Project in the yard as they tour the birdhouses, which are everywhere, including this whimsical “birdega” that will make you want to order a bacon egg and cheese inside.

“We all loved leaving our practice to just do something really fun,” said artist Olalekan Jeyifous, who also goes by the name Lake.

Kevin Quiles Bonilla’s work is a replica of his grandmother’s house in Puerto Rico. He draws parallels between birds and humans as migratory creatures.

“The wallpaper is a photo of the tiling in my childhood home, so it’s kind of a hybrid of different elements that make up the house for me,” says Quiles Bonilla.

For the Birds can be seen through October 23, along with music, performances and educational programming.

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