bower houses

Bower Houses takes it's name from the indomitable Bower Bird, who collects treasured objects from their environment and painstakingly arranges them in front of their homes to attract a mate. Similarly, the Bower Houses are made from objects collected from the residue of living. At first these objects seem like refuse, a ball of dryer lint, an eggshell, animal bones left over from a meal; but arranged in a certain way they begin to recall ideas of home, showing that the drive to make a home is innate and resolute, even if the only materials at hand are refuse and trash.

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dryer lint, eggshells, twigs, dollhouse shingles, hair, clay, paint

each "house" measures between 6 in x 6 in x 3 in and 13 in x 8 in x 3 in

2011