With the beginning of spring, the hummingbirds are starting to come out. Kevin has a hummingbird feeder outside of our bedroom and we love watching them fly, flutter and hover. They are remarkable creatures. So when I was asked to submit a design for For-Site’s Presidio Habitats Project and was given a list of animals to choose to “design a home for”, I chose Anna’s Hummingbird.
The design approach I proposed is to use recycled steel pipes (allowed to rust) as planters and water gardens. The pipes are cut at various heights to create angles and new land forms changing the planes of the existing ground to maximize the play and flights of the hummingbirds while they are feeding on the flowers and using the cascading water fountains.
If you are not already familiar with For-Site, you should check them out. It is an amazing foundation with the mission to support the creation, understanding and exhibition of new art about place. It is run by the super impressive Cheryl Haines of Haines Gallery.
For-Site has a home designed by Michelle Kaufmann that is used for their artist-in-residence program. The site is incredible, and Cheryl and Dan made the interiors warm, relaxing and a perfect frame for viewing the outdoors. My favorite piece in the home is a James Turrell in the wall. Stunning.