March 23, 2009

Fascinating birds from my bird room

One of the focal points at my home in Bedford is my large canary cage, which contains a sizable population of beautiful and melodious red and orange canaries. The cage sits in a small dining room located through the kitchen servery and at first, I wasn't sure how to decorate the walls. A couple of years ago, I was visiting Art Basel Miami Beach,  said to be the most important art show in the United States, when I came upon a collection of ten most unusual bird portraits by Belgium-based contemporary artist, Carsten Höller.

What makes this collection so unique is that the birds were not born naturally, but were the result of scientific genetic mutation. Carsten Höller, who studied biology before becoming an artist, was drawn to the exotic plumage of these birds. He used a 19th century process called photogravure, in which a photographic image is etched onto a copper plate and then printed in ink. These limited edition prints are a fascinating study in black, white, and shades of gray and are perfect for what is now called 'the bird room.' Please enjoy this photo gallery.

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The bird prints are hung on all four walls of what I call the bird room.