Dialogue Awareness Activism

BIRDLINK is an interactive native-plant sculpture, designed to support urban birds and engage community.  This spiraling green-wall grid is a living tapestry of native plants. Multiple BIRDLINK installations will be designed to create a network to link isolated patches of natural bird habitat regionally and promote awareness of species that share our space. BIRDLINK are public art installations that engage communities and address global climate change locally.

BIRDLINK Renderings

BIRDLINK Now Open at Williamsburg’s East River State Park
In the summer 2018, the artist and BIRDLINK creator Anina Gerchick and her team built the first BIRDLINK sculpture at NYC Audubon Society's Governors Island location, where the plants thrived bearing blueberries and blooming with new flowers every week. This video shows the making of the sculpture on Governors Island. In September, BIRDLINK was moved to East River State Park where it will continue to grow and flourish through 2019, encouraging wildlife as it undergoes seasonal transformations and bird migrations. In 2019, BIRDLINK will be installed at Sara D Roosevelt Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
"BIRDLINK public art installation offers a provocative new interpretation of the native-plants-for-birds theme in sync with New York City Audubon’s mission to champion nature in the city's five boroughs." Kathryn Heintz, Executive Director, NYC Audubon
“BIRDLINK is an innovative public art installation that delights the eye and invites better appreciation of birds in urban nature.  It brings new excitement to our dynamic park and fits perfectly with NYS Parks’ mission to support environmental education in our glorious parks.”  — Leslie Wright, NYC Regional Director, NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Location: East River State Park, Kent Avenue at North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - More Info    Accessible by NYC  Ferry, L and G trains

About the Artist        

Anina Gerchick is an outdoor installation artist, landscape architect, and painter. Her public art installations combine social engagement, ecological design, and visual art. Evolving from her studio and outdoor painting practice, landscape itself became subject and platform for art making that integrates urban and climate issues. Please visit www.aninagerchick.com to learn more.

Made Possible with Support from      

The New York State Connect Kids to Parks initiative, a program of the Environmental Protection Fund; the New York City Audubon Society; the Greenbelt Native Plant Center: NYC Parks; Hunter Industries; and all the volunteers who helped build BIRDLINK.

BIRDLINK  locations inNew York City

Governors Island at the New York City Audubon Society House- Summer 2018
East River State Park, Williamsburgh Brooklyn September 2018 to 2019
Sara D Roosevelt Park, Manhattan September 2019 to 2020

 

More Info

New York City BIRDLINK is Underway!

Work is underway for our first prototype on Manhattan's Lower East Side at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Find out more....

Learn about Citizen Science and Educational Outreach

BIRDLINK isn't just good for birds, its also a hub for community events and educational programming in ecology and science.

Find out more....

Donate to BIRDLINK

Your contribution will help underwrite the production and installation of BIRDLINK and its debut in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the 2019 season.

Find out more....

How It's Built

BIRDLINK is a rest stop for birds migrating through the city to summer/winter destinations. A freestanding green-wall of native plants, with windows framing a park on one side and a bustling urban intersection on the other, it sits on top of pavement, without support from neighboring walls. The spiraling grid of wire is filled with rubble and soil and native plants specific to both local and migratory birds. The Parks department states that plants are the greatest deterrent to defacement of public sculpture.  

View Construction Drawings

Image Credit: M. Salembier

BIRDLINK's Second Home

At East River State Park

 BIRDLINK for Public and Residential Spaces

BIRDLINK, at 3 different scales, can be installed at public and private locations  throughout the city and beyond.

Governors Island and East River State Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn 9 ft x 15 ft

Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side - 18 ft x 16 ft

Residential applications- 3 ft x 2 ft, 6 ft x any amount etc

 

Join the BIRDLINK Mailing List

To find out more about BIRDLINK and get updates about events and construction progress, join our BIRDLINK mailing list.





BREAKING:

The Audubon Society is suing the Trump administration over the MBTA—and they need your help.

FIND OUT MORE