For the Birds

Birdega

Olalekan Jeyifous
Wood, metal
16 in. × 16 in. × 16 in.
Children’s Garden

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.”

  • A Black man with glasses and a beard gazes skyward

    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.

    Artist website: jeyifo.us
    Instagram: @kidcadaver

Photo: Courtesy of Olalekan Jeyifous

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