If the birds are especially chirpy at Morris Arboretum right now, it may be thanks to their stunning new homes. The Arboretum-wide exhibit Home Tweet Home includes 29 stylish birdhouses designed by local artists. Here’s a peek at some of the feather-friendly abodes:
Thomas Frazer Burke, “builder of fine bird homes,” has six birdhouses in the show. Several are inspired by Andrew Wyeth paintings but this one, Canitoe Corners, has a different muse: Martha Stewart’s home in Bedford, New York.
To create A Nest for Kinnaris, jeweler Devin McNutt used recycled cans, vintage metal tins and cedar. The house is named for the half-bird, half-woman of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Perfect for the eco-conscious bird. This home can host four feathered families, and its green roof protects them from summer heat and winter cold. Howard Brosius, executive director of Chipping Hill Micro Farms, designed this Green Roof Quadraplex.
A glass artist from Philadelphia, John Hurd Jones fashioned this Shaman of the Woods from ceramic, wood, metal—and a glass eye.
Andrew Wyeth fans may recognize this one. Tom Burke, of the Martha Stewart house above, designed this based on the far-away clapboard house in Christina’s World. (Burke lived in Wyeth’s town of Chadds Ford in the 1970s and was “a regular with the Chadds Ford Inn’s artsy crowd,” according to his website.)
For comparison, here’s the original Christina’s World.
This photo from Burke’s site shows how large the house is—so hey birds, if you’re reading this, bring the whole flock!
If you’d like to see them for yourself, here’s a map of where you can find each Home Tweet Home birdhouse at the Arboretum now through Sept. 1, 2014.
—Molly Petrilla C’06