chART Projects really enjoyed our experience working with the Arbutus Greenway team and we were thrilled to install the inaugural Public Art work for the Greenway. While Nesting Nests was a temporary project (3 weeks), it has launch a host of new possibilities for the Arbutus Greenway. For those of you who miss seeing Nesting Nests at West 57th, you can see it in Port Moody at Rocky Point Park. The work has been expanded with more nests woven by Port Moody residents who joined us this summer at Port Moody’s Car Free Day. Thank you Port Moody for welcoming us into your community!
During the week of the International Ornithological Congress, chART Projects produced On the Wing in collaboration with a team of amazing animation students from Emily Carr and Assistant Professor, Martin Rose who served as artistic director.
With the help of the Legion of Flying Monkeys, we also had live music. The events were held at MacLean Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and on the Arbutus Greenway where we also had Nesting Nests installed.
At each event we also distributed our Fledglings. At our final event on the Arbutus Greenway, all three parts of the As the Crow Flies public art project came together in one place!
From all of us who worked to make this public art event happen, a huge “THANK YOU” to the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Service Division of the Parks Department, the Public Art Department, and the Arbutus Greenway Team. Also to all the staff at Emily Carr University who lent their support. It was a real team effort.
Our fledglings are now roosting at Strathcona, Mount Pleasant, Marpole Oakridge and Creekside Community Centres. Hillcrest Community Centre is next! Come collect your baby crow before they have all taken flight again.
On the Wing, part of chART Projects’ As the Crow Flies public art production, is a series of evening live music performances and video projections of a new animation highlighting crows in flight. It is also an opportunity to take home one of the Fledglings. Visitors will be able to watch a series of animated video projection spectacles directed by Martin Rose of Emily Carr University and a team of student animators, as well as enjoying an original musical performance by David Gowen and the League of Flying Monkeys.
On the Wing takes place Monday, August 20th, 9:00 pm at MacLean Park, Wednesday, August 22nd, 9:00 pm at Queen Elizabeth Park (by the dancing fountains) and Friday, August 24th, 9:00 pm at the Arbutus Greenway at 57th Avenue.
Each open-air screening is a unique part of the crow story from lift-off through flight and finally landing.
We just installed our community public sculpture, Nesting Nests on the Arbutus Greenway. You can see it at West 57th Ave and West Boulevard on the greenway.
Nesting Nests will be on the greenway till September 13 and then it will move to Port Moody where it will be expanded with nests we created with community members in that city. The Port Moody installation will be in Rocky Point Park along with a series of public events.
Come visit Nesting Nests on Friday, August 24th from 9PM-10PM when we will bring all the elements of As the Crow Flies together. We have the Nesting Nests sculpture, we will be handing out Fledglings, and you can see our animation projections called On the Wing.
What a great way to wrap on the Vancouver Bird Festival and the IOC Conference.
Ever wonder what 6,000 baby ceramic crows looks like? On the Wilson Art Plaza at Emily Carr University, we made them look like a giant wing as we staged the fledglings along the steps leading into the plaza.
Thank you to all the amazing volunteers and the chART team who showed up on what felt like the hottest day of the summer. We placed all the birds in just under an hour!
Our chART photographer, Geoff Campbell, documented the process.
And the last two fledglings placed were #1 and #6,000.
Now the fledglings have been packed up and are roosting at the field house, waiting till the week of the International Ornithological Congress when they will land in smaller flocks at community centres along the As The Crow Flies line. Keep an eye out and take one home.
WE DID IT!
Thanks to you, we reached our goal of 6,000 Fledglings.
Now — Volunteers Needed
Before we release the Fledglings to the public, we want to document all 6,000 birds together. That is A LOT of birds and we need many hands to place them.
Please join us on Wednesday, August 8th at 10 am.
We will meet outside at the East Plaza (under the media screen) at Emily Carr University to set out the Fledglings. After the photos are taken, we will gather them up again.
All volunteers can take a Fledgling home after the photo shoot!
Emily Carr University 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2