Birdhouse Installation at 19th Street & Parks Avenue
Nearly 1,000 mini works of art adorn these arches here on City of Virginia Beach property at the corner of 19th Street and Parks Avenue in the ViBe Creative District. This public art installation represents over a year of planning and engagement between the ViBe District, Virginia Museum of Contemporary and YELLOW nonprofits where local at-risk youth and members of the public were offered an opportunity to create a hands-on work of art on a craft birdhouse.
Topics of discussion between the arts groups and the students included:
Community building | Neighborhood development | Public art impact | Authenticity (individualism versus collective) | Creativity | Color theory
Students were challenged to look at their bird house a symbol of community and asked to consider what makes it unique to stand out as an individual entity but also fit into a diverse network or neighborhood of other birdhouses. Students were then encouraged write a positive message about community or their City on the birdhouse. All participants were inspired that their artwork would become a public art display. Images of the students creating their works of art are found on the on-site signage or by clicking here.
“Virginia MOCA was delighted to collaborate with our partners and members of the community to bring this vibrant piece of public art to life in the ViBe Creative District,” said Alison Byrne, MOCA’s Director of Exhibitions and Education. “This collaboration epitomizes the power and importance of the arts in creative community building. I look forward to seeing the project realized, and for all the artists who created birdhouses to see their work installed for everyone to enjoy.”
The ViBe Creative District partnered with local architect Jeremy Maloney of Altruistic Design to design an interactive way to display the birdhouses on a series of seven wooden arches. The installation structure was constructed by Spacemakers Construction in late September 2020 and local installation Nikki Leone of Poplar and Pine installed the birdhouses in October 2020. The City of Virginia Beach has generously permitted this temporary installation in partnership with ViBe District nonprofit and the Department of Cultural Affairs.