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FLUX is celebrating the start of a new collaboration! Today we begin TweetHausOAK a collaboration with Park Day School in Oakland.
TweetHaus is the fifth project for FLUX. It is a public art + ecology project focused on citizen science and interactive learning. It fosters community through the design, construction and installation of bird habitats and public pathways in urban environments.
TweetHaus expresses itself on multiple scales, using the platform of birdhouses to create an ecologically-oriented place-making experience. The project honors the interconnection of human communities and the natural world and builds an expanding network of birdhouses, pathways, public artists and citizen scientists. Grounded in our belief that art builds community and that community can build art, the first installment of TweetHaus takes place in our own backyard—Oakland, CA, starting in March 2012.
Oakland is our pilot program, TweetHausOAK. it focus on the Western Bluebird, which is threatened in urban areas. Under the mentorship of FLUX artists, teams of elementary school students design, construct, install and monitor urban Western Bluebird habitats (including gardens and pathways) throughout their neighborhoods using community-sourced and recycled materials. After installation, the project is then expanded by FLUX hosted community walks and bike ride, local events, and then expanded out to the world via social media and an interactive website.
TweetHaus has been developed to be an ongoing, multi-locational, multimedia project, designed to be replicated in other neighborhoods and cities across with other species across the country—TweetHausOAK, TweetHausSFO, LAX, PDX, AUS and beyond—expanding awareness of our diverse needs and those of the animal and plants that share our not-only-human world!