As our bird populations decrease, their silence sends us a warning signal about the failing health of ecosystems.
Birds of Brooklyn is a community-based audio artwork that brings the sounds of Brooklyn’s displaced, endangered and bygone birds to sites around the Borough.
During daylight and early-evening hours bird songs that are rarely heard in densely populated Brooklyn neighborhoods are projected from each participating Host location. Twenty different recordings can be heard by neighborhood residents and passersby, including the Ring-necked Pheasant, Grasshopper Sparrow, and the Eastern Blue Bird.
This audio art project aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural sounds of the area and raise awareness about declining bird populations in urban environments.
For more information contact: jenna (at) birdsofbrooklyn.org
About the Artist
Jenna Spevack is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Using drawing, installation, and digital media, her recent work looks at survival in the shifting natural and social-political environments.
For more information visit: JennaSpevack.com
A Special Thanks
To the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Brooklyn Arts Council for funding and support.
To Peter Dorosh, Tom Stephenson, Ronald Bourque, Anne Hobbs, Christianne White, Brooklyn Bird Club, Celebrate Urban Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and local, Brooklyn-area birders who offered their suggestions during the research phase of this project.
To artist-farmers, Thad Simerly and Kimberley Hart, for their excellent installation skills.
And to Arthur Peters and John Huntington for their sanity-saving programming and technical expertise.