That's Wongoers-- Jennifer Wong and Daniel Goers-- above. They did this awesomely cool thing in Brooklyn back in 2010 called Myrtle Avenue Birdtown. They used their design, engineering, carpentry, and social skills to build a bird sanctuary (which also became a community sanctuary) by putting up fifty plus bird houses in Fort Greene. They attracted local residents to get involved with the birds and their spaces by offering a birdhouse building workshop! The project was a way for art, nature, and community to intersect.
The idea came to Jennifer after Daniel made a few birdhouses for her. She saw a call for submissions for a project of this nature and thought that the birdhouses would be a perfect way to unite community around nature and art.
LOVE it when beautiful, meaningful ideas intersect. I wrote to them immediately when I read about this project, even though it's no longer up, because I just had to feature it. I mean--birds, birdhouses, design, community... so, so cool.
a giant thank you to Wongoers for taking the time to answer some questions our Ask feature today!
That's Jennifer (above) making birdhouse kits for the workshop.
Jenn has a website about her many projects and creative endeavors, called Mochi Machine (love it! the name and the namesake!) Jenn is also a photographer. Here are some of her beautiful photographs:
And Daniel is currently working on a new business, Autumn Workshop, featuring some of his new designs; as well as a project called Scrap Ecology at Brooklyn's Saffron:
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Interview time! Let's hear from Wongoers!
1. In your birdtown description you say that Wongoers is
--a collaboration between a stuffy engineer and an eager designer.So, who is who?
2. What other projects do the two of you have going on now or in the future? Any more collaborations for public consumption?
3. I love the thought behind Birdtown. I think my favorite element is that of unifying nature and city living. Did you have a favorite aspect of this project: teaching, community, the birds, design, working with your hands?
4. Any tips for people who might want to arrange a Birdtown in their neighborhood-- where to go to find out about grant opportunities and how to apply?
5. For others wanting to make their own bird houses from found materials, any advice on where to look for materials for the project?
6. Your three favorite birds:
7. Anything to say about the importance of integrating the natural world with our day to day lives?
8. Name game time!
Please help me create two names by answering the following questions:
Name number one:
1. For the first name--What is a bird whose name you love as much as birds, themselves?
2. For the middle name-- the name of a person (first, middle or last) who spent a great deal of time or energy helping you guys make Birdtown so fantastic.
Name number two:
1.For the first name-- another bird whose name you love as much as birds, themselves?
2. For the middle name-- another word from the world of carpentry/architecture that you find beautiful in sound or meaning.
person (first, middle or last) who spent a great deal of time or energy helping you guys make Birdtown so fantastic.
Two beautiful names!
Aves Bluedorn Joinery
Halcyon Teak Willow
Thanks, Wongoers! I had such a great time talking to you. We can't wait to see future projects and best of luck to you both in all of your current endeavors!
names from today's post:
Additional favorite combos from today's names:
I'm very excited about Wednesday's post, you guys! There will be some delightful surprise news and more lovely, chirping art. Stay tuned!
Any favorites from today's lists? Any combos you'd like to see out there?
Aren't these birdhouses fantastic? What's the last thing you built? Have you ever made anything from found materials? What are your favorite ways to bring the outside world into your home environments?