West Leeds: Bird boxes with bookshelves and other tweet inventions!

Jane Earnshaw with one of the bird boxes at Pudsey Park. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
Jane Earnshaw with one of the bird boxes at Pudsey Park. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
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The property market on the whole might be struggling, but winged citizens of west Leeds can feel at home tweet home!

Pudsey Park is really looking after its feathered friends, by playing host to a new community of ‘des-res’ bird boxes as part of a new interactive family art trail set up by the I Love West Leeds Festival.

The nesting boxes will be displayed throughout the park on Church Lane from Monday to Wednesday next week.

As part of the project, festival organisers invited local artists to decorate 15 identical wooden boxes in their own unique way.

The imaginative designs include a marble run, which you can operate yourself, a miniature bird room complete with bookshelves and a tiny wood burning stove, and even the Tweetomatic – which dispenses snippets of birdsong when you walk past it.

Among the artists taking part was Huddersfield-based Martin Smith, who is particularly well known for his kinetic pieces and most recently exhibited as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Leeds.

“The bird box I created follows on the theme I have recently been developing of mechanical birdsong,” Martin said.

“It will have an interactive element and produce sound.

“I am interested in producing mechanical bird sounds and seeing the cause and effect through a mechanism.”

Pudsey-born artist Adrian Riley is also intrigued by the idea of how you might represent birdsong using text.

His bird box, entitled Tweetomatic, dispenses birdsong in the form of words on little tickets that you can keep in your pocket or wallet.

“I like the idea of how a bird’s song would look if you wrote it down” explained Adrian.

“The Tweetomatic bird box gives you a piece of paper, rather like an old fashioned tram or cinema ticket, with a phrase of bird song printed on it. In this way you can carry a snippet of birdsong around with you wherever you go.”

Visit: www.ilovewestleeds.co.uk, call 0789 6318657 or visit: twitter.com/ilovewestleeds

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