Last week, we presented the concept of the bird nest and the idea that it is a symbol of the home, as well as being a nurturing and conducive environment where we can realise our potential. By having a representation of a nest within NTU, it reflects our university as embodying the attributes mentioned above. This week, we are exploring the possible options for this concept, with several ideations presented below.
Here are some of the outcomes of our exploration:
Firstly, we have the idea of creating a ‘nest’ that gives the effect of levitating or being suspended. As bird nests in nature are typically found high up in trees, we intend to create a nest or a pod of sorts that can be cradled by branches and raised off the ground. Alternatively, the pod can be attached to stilts or ropes that can elevate it from ground level, while allowing the pod to sway slightly, providing a unique sensation.
Above is the nest of a magpie, with the assortment of items it has collected.
Next, we posit the idea of the nest as being a patchwork of things. In nature, certain species of birds like magpies collect random objects they find and incorporate it into their nest. This concept detracts from the more conventional form of natural nests, instead opting for geometric shapes like triangles, squares and hexagons that can stand individually or combined together to create a larger object. Each element or shape is covered by different materials which are chosen because they are environmentally sustainable, for example rattan, and composite materials made from recycled bottles or drink cartons. The resulting piece will be an amalgamation of different colours and textures.
Thirdly, we have the idea of having humans and animals coexist in the same space. Human-sized seating pods are connected to a version scaled down to accomodate birds and act as a bird house or place to build their nest. It provides a unique experience as it brings us closer to nature, and allows us to hear the animals and possibly even interact with them. Alternatively, we can place a cluster of birdhouses together, beside a cluster of human sized pods.
After this week’s presentation of ideas, the class and Ker Siang felt that the concept of having spaces for both humans and animals showed the most promise and room for further development. We agree as well, and are exploring further options. Ker Siang suggested that we could look into spaces with humans and plants as well.