October 30th, 2007 by rbanks
I was walking across the Hungerford Bridge in London recently watching the pigeons roosting on different parts of the structure. I love the way these birds are so adaptable, and fit into the strangest parts of the urban environment. Really, this needs celebrating. Pigeons tend to get a bad rap, with their perching discouraged through the use of various spikey devices and netting. It seems a bit unfair to discourage their , particularly as we bemoan the loss of more natural habitats.
Anyway, I thought of proposing a London-wide art project in which we built structures and habitats that pigeons might actually enjoy. I knocked together a few sketches to give some idea, although I imagine the final environments might be far more architectural and fantastical.
BTW, I was inspired to post this after looking at this great site showing the winners of a competition to design new habitats for bats. Some really nice work.