Moving ahead of the rest she glided into the engine that cut her into mulch. The others followed through the feathers, thin bones and blood. Such an unusual cloud.
Those engines could take a sparrow or even a crow, but a Canadian Goose with her large body and thin neck clattered through the machinery breaking the fan blades as well as her body.
When the passengers looked out, they didn’t see the fragments of birds that pulsed through the turbines or the bits of bill and feet that must have clacked against the metal like teeth. Instead out the windows they saw fire, held their breath as their vessel skipped over Manhattan and hit the icy water with the ease of a kingfisher.
The next day the paper called for the slaughter of the birds who live near the runways of JFK and Laguardia saying they “threaten air travel around New York.”
Canadian Geese with bones like hairpins, perhaps sea gulls and raptors for their larger bodies and need to be by the water. Cull the birds that grow too great to splinter easily through the jet engines and make way for human flight, now blessed with a solitary sky."
— “Canadian Geese” - Ali Berman
by Heidi Lersch
Avifauna for Rubelli
Collection of 13 Avifauna birds
Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Commissioned by Rubelli, art direction by Edelkoort ETC
For Italian textile producer Rubelli, studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters made a special series of Avifauna birds, which will be shown at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, during the 2012 Salone del Mobile in Milan. The series contains 13 different birds varying from a swan and stork to a woodcock and a quail, all covered in Reticolo Ardesia fabric form Rubelli’s collection.
Avifauna, the bird life, is a series of conserved bird species molded in textile.
“After having observed, analyzed and documented nature, we’ve stared with Avifauna to materialize nature as we see it. In every new project we learn more about the change of land, water and the flora and fauna that go with it. Being designers we see blossoming timber, bleeding textiles, moving garlands and a limitless offer of techniques in the ways nature constantly changes and adapts. We try to materialize our observations and bring it closer to the industry we work in. In Avifauna we molded on the conserved parts of the species to materialize their characteristics in textiles.
In 2010 the collection existed among others of a Grey Heron, Tawny Owl, Lapwing and Blackbird. Now the collection expanded with this special edition collection for Rubelli.
Spazio Rossana Orlandi via Matteo Bandello 14/16, Milan, Italy
Open daily 10h-20h
The paper sculpture boom of recent years is finally subsiding but there’s no questioning that when it’s done well the results are fantastic. One such example is the work of Sydney based artist Anna-Wili Highfield who creates sculptures of animals from archival cotton paper that is painted and then sewn together. When not working with paper there’s also a small portfolio of copper pipe sculptures. (via It’s Nice That : Anna-Wili Highfield)