Bird Friendly Building Art

Bird Friendly Building Art

If you take a walk around UBC’s Vancouver campus, one CBIRD project is particularly easy to spot.

For several years, SEEDS collaborated with Environment and Climate Change Canada on bird collision research. The research identified several factors that influence bird deaths from windows, including how reflective the glass is, the direction it is facing, distance from nearest vegetation, height of nearby trees, presence of corner windows, and lighting.

To demonstrate the outcomes of the research to the public, SEEDS held a competition for artwork that would tell the story of bird biodiversity on campus while adhering to a new ‘Bird Friendly Design Guidelines for Buildings’ policy informed by the research.

The resulting artwork (shown above) by Lora Zosia Moon, a PhD candidate in English, beautifully depicts common birds and flora found on campus, and was installed for testing on the windows of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability building.