Upcycled Urban Birdhouses Give City Birds an Addresses

Since February, a mystery man has hung up 22 birdhouses on trees in the Upper East Side, New York City.The birdhouses line East 83rd Street between York and East End Avenues. According to the New York Post, the birdhouses are built of driftwood from local beaches.

One of the East 83rd Street birdhouses. Photo courtesy of DNAinfo.

This reminded me of a project called Happy City Birds started in 2006 by European artist Thomas Dambo. He puts a functional spin on graffiti, and it’s incredible. According to his website, “all of the birdhouses are made from recycled materials and scrapwood. Most of the paint even comes from Danish paint company Dyrup who has donated a truckload of wrongfully toned paint…”. And with these materials, he makes beautiful birdhouses, such as (please note, all photos are copied from his website):

Check out his website to see more of his work. He even created a giant birdhouse for people to see what it’s like to be a bird!

It’s typical of city dwellers to ignore the natural environment, but these birdhouses remind people to stop and look at the birds. Not only that, but the birdhouses add a little color in an otherwise colorless environment!


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