mcdermott baxter (Australia)
The Bower channels the achievements of one of the great builders of the natural world, the male satin bowerbird, who creates impressive structures with the sole aim of attracting a mate.
The male bird carefully finds the materials to build a beautifully shaped ‘bower’, and his skill in making the bower is directly connected with his success in finding mates.
To further attract attention from females, the males collect coloured objects, often blue, both natural and, latterly, man-made and lays them out in patterns and groups around the bower.
This installation celebrates the skill and perseverance of the bowerbird and hopes to draw attention to the impact human beings have on the habitats of this avian architect.
Country represented by installation: Australia