über-cool birdhouse

CCTV BirdhouseI love this birdhouse!

I was brows­ing the web to see what was out there in the way of bird­house designs that might be com­pat­i­ble with a home that doesn’t aspire to look like it was built in the 14th cen­tury. A few screens into the results, out popped this design by Den­nis Clasen that’s being mer­chan­dised by Man­u­fak­tum in Switzer­land [ cat­a­log page ]. Appar­ently the designed debuted at the 2008 Design Bien­nale in Saint Ettiene, France.

A bird­house mas­querad­ing as a closed-circuit TV cam­era: Yeah, it’s fun and funny. But to me it seems to be a bit of social com­men­tary, some­thing about our lives these days that are sub­ject to con­tin­u­ous sur­veil­lance and how peo­ple seem to be will­ing to give up their lib­er­ties in the name of some­thing they per­ceive as security.

Or maybe I’m over-interpreting and it’s just a funny lit­tle birdhouse?

7 thoughts on “über-cool birdhouse

  1. jodi (bloomingwriter)

    I can’t decide if I like it or not, James. On the one hand, its design amuses me; on the other hand, it does remind me of the ever present intru­sion of cam­eras into our lives. But it’s a fun post, nonetheless.

  2. Town Mouse

    At 115 SF (pretty close to the same thin in dol­lars), you’d prob­a­bly be bet­ter of try­ing to get a used video sur­veil­lance cam­era and con­vert it to a bird house ;->

    Now here’s an idea for a new business!

  3. lostlandscape Post author

    Jodi, it’s def­i­nitely not just another cute bird­house! I think peo­ple make gar­dens for var­i­ous rea­sons, and if you want it to be a retreat from the world out­side, this might seem like an intru­sion from beyond.

    Jim, exactly–how can the world get by with­out irony and silliness?

    Pam, bird­houses seem to be a stan­dard part of gar­den decor, but I won­der how many of them actu­ally man­age to attract birds. I’ve had another metal bird­house that some­one gave me years ago. Cute for sure, but I never saw a bird near it.

    TM, I’m sure there are thou­sands of used sur­veil­lance cams out there scream­ing to be recy­cled. Bird­houses, vases, doorstops…I’m sure there’s a new life for them.

  4. steve

    I am just as sure there are lots of sur­veil­lance cams that are used as bird­houses, whether the own­ers like it or not. They are resource­ful lit­tle boogers.

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