Tuesday, June 12, 2007

This sounds fun: Local artist and WETA art critic Janis Goodman has a new project involving birdhouses and, um, coveralls.

I wrote an artifact about Janis for her show at Flashpoint earlier this year. She also appeared in the Ian and Jan video, in which she explained why DC is a feminine city. You know: Traffic circles, low-rise buildings, leafiness. That sort of thing.

From the press release:

Site, Cite, Sight: 30 Bird habitats to be installed by artists in trees from P to U

Starting June 11, three species of birds that migrate, brood, and breed in Washington, DC will get brand new homes. As part of WPA/Corcoran SiteProjects DC – a city-wide effort to move art into the streets from traditional galleries and museums – three Washington artists will install wood habitats for the Bluebird, Black-capped Chickadee, and Downy Woodpecker.

Populations of all three species have been drastically reduced by the West Nile Virus.

June 11-13, from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm, artists Janis Goodman, Tom Ashcraft, and Peter Winant, while dressed in orange coveralls, will install the custom designed and built birdhouses in 30 individual trees lining 14th Street.

A plaque depicting binoculars will be installed near each tree at eye-level, alerting pedestrians to look up.

WPA/Corcoran SiteProjects DC lasts for six weeks, but the bird houses are scheduled to remain up indefinitely.


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