Adrián Villar Rojas

From the series Brick Farm, 2012 – Ongoing
16 bird nests, mud, straw, unfired clay

In 2012 Adrián Villar Rojas began the Brick Farm project, an open air lab in an artisanal brickworks at the outskirts of Rosario, his home city in Argentina. Exploring the rural surroundings he found dozens of abandoned Ovenbird nests on tree branches and electricity poles. This avian species, a national emblem in Argentina, inhabits the central-eastern agricultural region of the country, and is classified as synanthropic on its high adaptability to human environments. The Furnarius resorts to our construction as the foundation of its own: urn-shaped, mud-made nests similar to the traditional mud ovens for baking bread in the countryside can be seen on any available corner or surface provided by the Anthropocene. Couples build a new nest every breeding season, leaving little empty dwellings scattered everywhere. Villar Rojas gathers and restores them under the premise of a new project: to trigger a worldwide dialogue between this Argentine species and other flora, fauna, architecture and infrastructure, by installing nests in different spots of the planet with the same techniques of the Furnarius. Trees, façades, poles, signalling, scaffolding or roofs in New York, Kalba (UAE), Stockholm, Havanna, Anyang (South Korea), Riga (Latvia), Drenthe (Netherlands) or Lahore (Pakistan) are now silently holding these mud rhomboid entities, perhaps far from “art”, but for sure close to life.

Text provided by the artist