Merijn Vrij｜遷．徙 Flock of Birds
遷．徙 Flock of Birds
Bamboo, grass, reeds or rice straws
My installation for Guandu Nature Park is inspired by the natural phenomenon of bird migration and the flying pattern created by flocks of birds. Nature is always - together with the context of the site - the inspiration for my work. Because the Guandu Nature Park is a park where many birds live, it was clear to me that birds together with the topical materials would provide the inspiration and the shape of my sculpture.
My idea for the installation at Guandu Nature Park is inspired by the way large groups of birds fly. To me their unpredictable way of flying that can be seen above land, fields and water is a wonderful sight. A group of birds – flock of birds – comes and goes like an ocean wave, moving toward the shore and then receding, looking like an organic mass taken by the wind. A less hectic sight but even more interesting is bird migration where birds fly in (wavy) strings from or to their new spot on earth. Birds are not limited by man made borders or property lines. They show no cultural binding with land as humans do. Birds are free to go wherever nature brings them.
The sculpture is built out of topical material: waving horizontal strings of reed, grass and bamboo woven onto a group of vertical large poles of bamboo. Depending on the materials and the surroundings, the final shape and pattern will be modified on the site.
The installation is inspired by a flock of birds, but at the end it will be an autonomous work, free to be filled in and experienced by the beholder.