‘Birdhouse Repo’ Now on Display in First Park, Reminds us that Even the Animals Can’t Afford the City
Sorry, Mr. Pigeon, you’re broke, and this birdhouse is now repossessed. An allegory for what’s happening on the Lower East Side – where hyper-gentrification and over-speculation collide (and collude) to crowd everyone out – this new artwork channels the trend.
On Saturday afternoon, city native Aaron Schraeter installed his aptly-named sculpture, “Birdhouse Repo” in the thicket of First Park. The 36-inch-high model is a miniature replica house that sits atop an eleven-foot pole. Same materials, smaller scale. For instance, tar paper and shingles will be used for the roof, while the rest is pressure-treated plywood. The windows and front door to the Birdhouse are boarded up, yet Schrater previously noted that he “wouldn’t be too upset” at the sight of bird squatters.
The pithy project remains on display until sometime in June.