July 5, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
From fighting to feathering, this creation says war is for the birds. A single protruding bullet functions as a perch for this stunning brass birdhouse made from over 2,500 stray bullets recovered from hunting sites in Lebanon. New York City-based design studio L.E.FT created the birdhouse as a commentary on the uncertainty of life during difficult times such as during war.
Quoting Franz Kafka, L.E.FT’s founders, Makram el Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine, both graduates of the American University of Beirut, describe the work’s Eamesian inspiration:
“A cage went in search of a bird.” –Kafka
Working retroactively from a bird, the birdhouse is a reflection on contextual design. The Eames’ House Bird, a staple of Eames’ furniture photographs in the 1950s that became synonymous with their household domesticity, is given here a Bird House, an ovoid hybrid between a cage and a house. The House is formed by hundreds of empty stray brass bullets collected from Lebanon’s various hunting geographies despite the hunting ban in effect since 1994. 2500 bullets were placed piece by piece around a welded brass shell by local steel welders and craftsmen. The limited edition object alludes to the paradox of birth and death and the uncertainty of life in times of war.
The birdhouse is currently on exhibition at the House of Today in Beirut, Lebanon.