Sculpture for Wildlife Habitat

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Sculpture for Wildlife Habitat

This Crafthaus exhibit features sculptors whose work provides habitat for wild creatures.  Inhabitants range from insects to birds to sea life.

We encourage others to create art that benefits both humans and the wild things that share our spaces.

The exhibit runs June 8 - July 8, 2013.  It is available for viewing in the Crafthaus archives thereafter.

Location: online
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Jun 30, 2014

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I hope you enjoy the works below - and please visit the artists' websites for more examples of their creativity.

If you make sculpture for wildlife and want your work considered for this show, please contact me (Greg Corman).  My info is below.  If accepted, it will be added after the official run from June 7 to July 8, but the exhibit will remain accessible to the public in the Crafthaus archives.

Below each group of photos you'll find text with the following information (if provided):

Artist name

Title of work

Location (if installed)

What the work provides habitat for

Materials used

Dimensions

Artist website

Brief description of the work

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Arup Associates

Insect Hotel
London
Habitat for: Stag Beetles, Solitary Bees, Butterflies and Moths, Spiders, Lacewings, Ladybirds
1,500mm x 1,500mm x 500mm deep
Birchwood ply compartments filled with various materials to encourage different creatures including: bark, rotting logs and cut bamboo.
Images 1:  Graham Flack

Images 2 & 3 Arup Associates

http://arupassociates.com/en/projects/insect-hotel/

Arup Associates design for a hotel for insects was the competition winning entry in ‘Beyond the Hive’, Sponsored by British Land and the City of London to celebrate 2010 as the International year of Biodiversity.

Joanne Diver
Life Bee Inn It
Temporary installation as part of Arts Rutherglen Sculpture Trail. Scion Winery, Rutherglen VIC Australia.
Habitat for: Solitary Australian Native Bees including, Blue-banded bee, Reed Bee, Resin Bee and Leafcutter Bee.
Diameter 53 cm
Found, recycled and salvaged materials, included a rusted wheel rim, wrought iron frame, timber and organic materials including silver birch, bamboo, lemon-scented gum, red-gum, yellow-box, grass tree flower spike and soft mortar mix.
Image: Joanne Diver


www.facebook.com/TheBackyardGardenEnthusiast

Australia has 1500 species of native bees. All play an important role in the pollination of our gardens, crops and bushland. Bee Homes = Pollinators = Diversity = Healthy Environment.

Jesse Etelson
Aerial Architecture Project: Image 1: Peepers the Screech Owl. Image 2: Jesse Installing The Screech Owl Habitat Sculpture
Audubon Society Wildlife Refuge in Palm City, Florida
Screech Owl Nesting Habitat
Ceramic, Aluminum
Images: Thomas Winter


www.jesseetelson.com

The Aerial Architecture Project was an EcoArt/Audubon Society/Community collaboration to restore native habitat through the creation of residential wildlife parks that showcased Jesse Etelson's bird nesting Habitat Sculpture.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin
Contemporary insect hotel
RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Smithfield Market
Habitat for: Bees especially solitary bees as well as other insects and birds.
Various heights up to 1.8m
Treated timber with found fillings such as shingles, slates and pine cones.
Images: Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer


www.andrewfishertomlin.com

By designing a contemporary piece I hoped to encourage owners of contemporary homes to think about having a non-traditional and modern wildlife hotel in their garden. The installation can be created in a limitless combination of boxes, shapes, fillings and even bird nesting boxes.


Colleen Flanigan - Founding Artist and Director of Living Sea Sculpture
Coral Skirt
Pemuteran, Bali
Habitat for: Corals, fish, tunicates, sponges, diverse marine life
4'x4'x4'
Rebar, low volt DC current, coral transplants
Image 1: 2009 before installation:  Colleen Flanigan

Image 2: 5 months growth with low volt electrolysis to locally raise pH, cause minerals deposits and help coral fragments to tolerate high temperatures: Rani Morrow-Wuigk

Image 3: 3 years 3 months: Joey Ellis

www.livingseasculpture.com  www.colleenflanigan.com  www.facebook.com/LivingSeaSculpture

Colleen Flanigan - Founding Artist and Director of Living Sea Sculpture
DNA Dividing

2011 at Puerto Cancun awaiting deployment into the underwater museum (MUSA) in the National Marine Park.
Habitat for: Corals, fish, tunicates, sponges, diverse marine life
15' x 9' x 6'
Steel
Image: Mike Gerzevitz

www.livingseasculpture.com  www.colleenflanigan.com  www.facebook.com/LivingSeaSculpture

DNA Dividing (awaiting by night) There are 14 anchors to secure it to the seafloor in a storm zone. It will become a coral refuge and biodiversity study in the highly touristed Cancun.

Mike Godell
Birdcraft
Stevens Point Sculpture Park, Stevens Point, WI
Habitat for: Chimney Swifts
16ft tall
Assorted Lumber, Found objects, Epoxy, Varnish, Galvanized Steel legs
Image 1: Stevens Point Sculpture Park
Image 2: Mike Godell

http://mikegodell.blogspot.com https://www.facebook.com/mikegodellart

Birdcraft was built with the intention of exploring the aesthetic possibilities of constructed Chimney Swift habitats and to raise awareness of the bird.

Lisa Lee Benjamin and Kevin Smith for Urban Hedgerow
Bug Wall Habitat
San Francisco, California
Habitat for: birds, mason bees, spiders, beetles
4'x6'
Pine needles, teasel, pipe, wool, rope, bark, reclaimed wood, plum twigs, pine, silver paint
Image: Caitlin Atkinson


www.urbanhedgerow.com

A vertical garden alternative to be alive with insect life

Lorenna Grant
Nesting Fields 3
Manea College Bunbury Western Australia
Habitat for: The endangered White Tail Black Cockatoo (Carnaby Cockatoo), Owls.
11 metres high x 3m
Steel poly carbonate recycled materials
Image: Lorenna Grant


www.lorennagrant.com

The blend of sculptural form and function, to offer housing for the endangered Carnaby Cockatoo. Each nest is fitted out with flow thru ventilation, mulch and internal ladder for hatchlings.

Lorenna Grant
Nesting Fields 1
Churchlands Green housing Redevelopment Western Australia
Habitat for: The endangered White Tail Black Cockatoo (Carnaby Cockatoo), Owls and indigenous bats (lower nest)
11 metres high x 2m
Steel poly carbonate recycled materials
Image: Lorenna Grant


www.lorennagrant.com

The blend of sculptural form and function, to offer housing for the endangered Carnaby Cockatoo and indigenous bats. Each nest is fitted out with flow thru ventilation, mulch and internal ladder for hatchlings.

Lorenna Grant
Nesting Fields 2
Swanbourne Western Australia
Habitat for: The endangered White Tail Black Cockatoo (Carnaby Cockatoo), Owls
11 metres high x 2m
Steel poly carbonate recycled materials
Image: Lorenna Grant


www.lorennagrant.com

The blend of sculptural form and function, to offer housing for the endangered Carnaby Cockatoo and indigenous bats. Each nest is fitted out with flow thru ventilation, mulch and internal ladder for hatchlings.

Lynne Hull
www.eco-art.org

Lynne Hull
www.eco-art.org

Lynne Hull
www.eco-art.org

Drinking water catchments for wildlife.

Lynne Hull
www.eco-art.org

Sarah Peebles
Audio Bee Booth

Habitat for:  Native bees and wasps

Wood box, acrylic viewing panel inside, and electronics

Approx. 6' x 2' x 2'

Images:  Sarah Peebles

http://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/

The bee booth allows viewers to see bees and wasps at work in their nesting tunnels and hear them too!

Nigel Dunnett
The New Wild Garden
Chelsea Flower Show 2011, London, UK
Habitat for: solitary bees. Wide range of invertebrates
Drystone habitat walls constructed upon a steel framework.
Steel box inserts filled with foraged and reclaimed materials

6 ft long, 3-4 ft high, 1 ft wide

Images: Nigel Dunnett

www.nigeldunnett.info



Nigel Dunnett and Camilla Allan
Tree of Life

Royal Bank of Canada 'Bluewater Roof Garden', Chelsea Flower Show 2013, London, UK
Habitat for: solitary bees and a wide range of other creatures
Laser-cut ply discs and inserts, filled with foraged and reclaimed materials
Images: Nigel Dunnett


Website: www.nigeldunnett.info


Outdoor wall habitat panels as works of art.  Each panel is a

complete sculpture in itself, but all come together to create the full piece.

Nigel Dunnett
Creature Towers
London Wetland Centre Sustainable Rain Garden
Habitat for: solitary bees, amphibians, birds
Reclaimed urban materials
6 ft high, 2 ft wide

Images: Nigel Dunnett

www.nigeldunnett.info

Multi-story habitat sculptures with different levels catering to different organisms

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The work below is by Greg Corman, curator of this exhibit. Greg is a Tucson, AZ sculptor who works primarily with recycled wood and steel. Much of his work is designed as habitat for bees and other "bugs" or for birds, reptiles, and other creatures. Greg is interested in collaborations with other artists on wildlife and restoration projects.

Greg Corman
Cosmic Timepiece 2
Miraval Resort and Spa, Tucson, AZ
Habitat for: Solitary, native bees
Recycled steel and wood, found objects
Approx. 10' x 2' x 1'
Images: Greg Corman

www.gardeninginsights.com www.gregcormansculpture.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/gregcormansculpture

This tall work has tunnels in the wooden upright to provide nesting habitat for native, solitary bees like leafcutters, mason and resin bees.

Greg Corman
Tribal Triptych
Habitat for: Solitary, native bees
Recycled wood, milk paint finish
Approx. 3' x 3' x 2"
Image: Greg Corman

www.gardeninginsights.com www.gregcormansculpture.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/gregcormansculpture

These pieces have tunnels in the sides to provide nesting habitat for native, solitary bees like leafcutters, mason and resin bees.

Greg Corman
Owl Pair
Habitat for: Solitary, native bees
Recycled wood, found objects
Approx. 18" x 9" x 2" each
Images: Greg Corman

www.gardeninginsights.com www.gregcormansculpture.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/gregcormansculpture

There are tunnels in the sides for bee nesting habitat.

Greg Corman
Bee and Lizard Condo
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
Habitat for: Solitary, native bees and reptiles
Recycled steel and wood, stones
Approx. 5'w x 4't x 3'd
Images: Greg Corman

www.gardeninginsights.com www.gregcormansculpture.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/gregcormansculpture

This bench provides spaces for humans, bees, and reptiles. The back of the steel box is made of mesh for easy movement of lizards and snakes. The upright pieces have tunnels for bees.

 

 

 

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Comment by Kathleen Faulkner on June 7, 2013 at 7:38pm

Yes!  Exceptional.  

Comment by Ann Thompson on June 7, 2013 at 7:25pm

Loved this collection!

Comment by Sandra Murray on June 7, 2013 at 3:17pm
What a fabulous idea! I love the idea that these beautiful creations also serve a purpose in helping nature.
Comment by Greg Corman on June 7, 2013 at 3:14pm

For information on bee habitats, check Pollinator.org and Xerces.org.

Comment by Harriete E Berman on June 7, 2013 at 3:10pm

Does anyone want to recommend a book on building a structure that attracts bees?

Harriete Estel Berman

Comment by Harriete E Berman on June 7, 2013 at 3:09pm

An inspiring group of. work.Thank you for presenting this on Crafthaus.
I appreciate the environmental objective while creating wonderfully inspiring visual feast.

Harriete Estel; Berman

Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 7, 2013 at 10:12am

I agree with both of you Jeanie and Genevieve. Just yesterday, there was a show on NPR about bees (native US and African bees) and their importance for crops. Some callers into the radio show were musing about starting their own hives soon just to make sure bees survive our current unhealthy farming (monoculture) procedures. Most interesting account.

Glad to see so many interesting habitat ideas! Thanks to Greg for putting this wonderful exhibit together! Love that you included a water habitat as well!

Comment by Genevieve E. Flynn on June 7, 2013 at 9:41am

I am blown away by allllllll of the fabulously creative designs for our critters in our own backyards and the sanctuaries and parks.  Thank you all for doing this for nature. 

I have often thought and contemplated having bee hives in my small backyard and possibly, with the inspiration from these artistic minds, I will be able to come up with something on my own to do exactly that!

These are incredible designs and sooooo beautiful!

 

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Chanda Zea

Object Series 1, 2, 3

Porcelain, slipcast and altered with terra sigillata, rubber.
8” x 8” x 8”, 12” x 8” x 8”, 8” x 8” x 10
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