Google Birdhouse Shows Birds Their Way

Alessia Andreotti
May 16th 2013

Maybe the Taiwanese artist Shuchun Hsiao was inspired by a cold winter day to reinvent the common birdhouse in the shape of the Google Maps icon. The designer understood the importance and the omnipresence of Google Maps in our society and created the Google Birdhouse Project, a modern way to accommodate birds in urban spaces.

The iconic symbol references the "surfing" of flying birds to find their arrival point, just like Google Maps does for humans. As Shuchun Hsiao explains: “Birds have the most real experience of Google Maps. Birds can fly through the city, through streets. A birdhouse becomes their destination”.

Eye-catching, but not intrusive, these niches are also interesting urban decorations. The micro in the macro, the abstract becoming material, the virtual in the real: the result of the Google Birdhouse is bewildering and strong. Perhaps something dealing with Twitter would have been more predictable.

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Alessia Andreotti
Posted 15/01/2014 – 22:16

I'm sorry, the project has been developed only in Taiwan.

Posted 15/01/2014 – 08:43

Do you know of any good ones near Philadelphia or on the way to Albany NY? Taking pics of unusual mxolbiaes is my husband's hobby lately and I would love to find some awesome ones for him to photograph. We live near Philadelphia and are heading up near Albany this weekend. Thanks for your help!!!

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