Artist Olalekan Jeyifous’s birdhouse is a tribute to New York City’s “vanishing urban ephemera,” such as corner bodegas and storefront churches, due to rapid gentrification. “These spaces are more than just delis and places of worship,” Jeyifous explains. “They are essential cultural institutions and I want to celebrate their significance in this whimsical, yet functional, birdhouse.”
Olalekan Jeyifous (b. 1977) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work reimagines social spaces that examine the relationship between architecture, community, and the environment. He has received numerous grants and is a recent fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. In addition to an extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale installations for a variety of public spaces.
This recording from The Birdsong Project was selected to complement this birdhouse.