The exhibition The birds of the city, Las aves de la ciudad, consists of a collection of the 80 common bird species that live in Mexico City. The birds are life-size and are made out of post-natural-disaster wood. They were made by the Mexican sculptor Davit Nava.
The motive of the collection is to bring people closer to the birds that live in the capital and to awaken the interest in them and their conservation. The exhibition aims to be itinerant and public. The exhibition opens in Mexico City in August 2018 in the Chapultepec Zoo.
The 80 birds
The collection is composed of large birds, for example; herons, ducks and a pelican as well as small birds; hummingbirds and passerines.
Each bird was painted abstractly; with straight lines and geometric cuts, looking to simplify to the maximum the details and the chromatic range of the real species. This simplification aims to facilitate to the spectators the remembrance and the later recognition of the birds when they are encountered in their natural habitat.
The sculptures are made of wood from a natural disaster in 2012, when the Amacuzac River overflowed, air hardening clay and metal in order to keep their environmental impact at a low level.
Read more and see images of the complete collection on Las aves de la ciudad