Blue Nest, 2009. Stamen and stencil. Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. 13m(L)x 3m(W)x7m(H).
One of my first experiments with birds is the Blue Nest ephemeral art project. I carried out the intervention in situ in a public space on a 15-meter-long wall in 2009 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. I chose the wall because it housed dozens of birds in its holes, among them the most common and successful in the city: sparrows and finches that inhabit the disused drains of the wall for short nesting periods, since they migrate to other areas after the first flights of their young.
I wanted to make a portrait of this as a urban art project. I was thinking about making visible the border where our Nature and Human dimentions meet. To make visible how ours exsitance is woven. The birds cicle of life happens in the same place and time as mine but in a different speed. If you pass by an urban area like this only one time you would not notice this micro environments. You have to live there or near by so you can get to be aware of this trough observation and for a longer periods of time.
I builted this piece on this wall by making sillouette pourtraits of the birds nesting on the walls. It was the begining of their nesting season and I noticed they like to pick-up the grass in the side walk but also fibers and trash. I install blue yarn in the floor for them and to represent this alienated objects in their circle of life and draw blue lines hanging from their beaks. After one week and half I saw the tip of one of the yarns coming out from one of the holes in the wall. I found this small camara in internet that could fit inside the holes and order it. When the camara arrived I had it prepared with a flashlight in the front and tight up to a long stick so I could reach the highest holes to see what was inside. To my surprice, some of the wholes where empty but others had nests bulit along with some of the blue yarn I left on the ground. I just had made a colaborative piece with this creatures and I wanted to now more about this behavior.
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