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Architecture for the Birds.

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Do you feel that the fine feathered friends building nests in your yard’s trees need something a little nicer? Maybe a nice two bedroom Eichler inspired house, or something a little bit more Frank Lloyd Wright? Well Sourgrassbuilt is here to help you make sure that all the birds in your yard have a modern dwelling to call home. Designed and built by Douglas Barnhard for his company, Sourgrassbuilt, in Santa Cruz California these mid-century modern homes are pretty amazing. The birdhouses are handcrafted from valuable leftover wood and laminates that come from other furniture projects that Barnhard creates for Sourgrassbuilt. One of the really nice touches is the fact that many of the houses have small living garden space to help attract birds as well. Barnhard’s Etsy site says he is still taking orders through December 11 for Christmas delivery, so if you want be Santa to the birds this year, you better hurry.

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I Wish I Had Thought Of This.

I really do wish I had thought of this. The video below is of some crazy fun art pieces by  Juan Fontative. The pieces are constructed from discarded clocks, and push bike parts. Highlighting humming birds in flight and butterflies.

Each piece is a  perpetually looping flip book with flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies found in various other sources. The works are part film, part sculpture, and part audio.  Every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand by Fontative, from the watch sized gears, to the clips, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets

The works are mesmerizing, and hypnotic. Perfect viewing for an afternoon in the Spring.

“Birds”, by ZEITGUISED.

Here is a light hearted little two minute animation from . The animated short is a study of birds constructed in a variety of forms, all of which are taken from things related to, well, birds. The short film features some really nice CGI work, a fun little musical score and some nice sound design work. It’s fitting for a sunny April afternoon.

Arial Ballet.

The video below is a phenomenon that I have seen many many times. A large flock of starlings swarming together and flying in formation at dusk before roosting for the night. Thankfully Neels Castillon, and Mathias Touzeris captured it while preparing for a commercial shoot.

This is a nice way to start your work week.

Director: Neels CASTILLON
DOP: Mathias Touzeris
Music: Hand-made – Alt J
Location: Marseille, France