Inspired by the concepts of urban nature from Wild in the City, we developed artwork and interpretive signage at Move the House that shows people opportunities for providing food, water, shelter, and other elements for a number of beneficial critters that can accommodated, even on a dense site like this. We’ve previously showed the living wall and the vertical wetland, so these are smaller installation that have habitat value and liven up the site along the south property line. The overall signage outlines in simple prose some of the beneficial elements. Located near the main residential entry, the signage provides a roadmap for the site elements.
Zooming in a bit, you see some of the detail of raised metal cutouts, and some of the simple habitat-friendly sentiments.
The features themselves are simple, but illuminate four major elements. First, is the ‘Stick Stack’ which is created to provide habitat for small insects and other macro invertebrates that reside alongside us in the urban realm.
Second is a simple stone birdbath, which provides water for many species, including birds and small mammals.
Third is a tall snag log, which also has been drilled around the trunk to provide nesting spaces for mason bees.
Finally, a red-flowering sculpture will house hummingbird feeders, and augment the attractions of the native plantings on the planting areas and living walls.
All sculptures and metal work by Ivan McLean, with words from Metro, and graphics by TERRA.fluxus.