22 Nov - 31 Dec 2015
Wybrzeże Helskie, Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Mazowieckie, 03-459
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Currently, the rate of change prevents many species to adapt to new conditions. Contemporary, semi-industrial agriculture requires an increase in crop areas, and greater flexibility.
Commonly organizing space centuries-old hedges have to go in that situation. With them vanished, many species which have there a safe haven and the rest are on the border of extinction.
My project is an attempt to identify a problem while it tries to meet with possible solutions.
With wire mesh I made a few nest boxes (wire mesh is now a popular fencing material). Then, gradually putting these boxes in the open space in Vistula/Wisła coastal forest I created a sort of artificial, intermittent hedge where many species of small birds will be able to find shelter. Variety of applied shapes has a double meaning, first, each species will be able to choose the most appropriate, and secondly an interesting, sophisticated shape will draw the attention of passers-by and allows a moment of reflection. Of course this action is of subversive nature, building nesting boxes is like putting a Band-Aid on a mortal wound.
Also, a number of wire cages can fit into the currently fashionable oppressive / post-colonial discourse, it can also be seen as metaphor for modern “disciplinary” societies, but in this case I think it would be over-interpretation.
This action is part of the project: “2° - Global Warming and its Environmental Impact”
organised by Artists in Nature International Network www.artinnature.org
Together with all the actions of this project, it will be documented on https://artistsinnatureinternationalnetwork.wordpress.com/ as of November 29, noon local time