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Created and Sold by Kipp Kobayashi

Kipp Kobayashi

The Birds - Public Sculptures

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This project is located a short distance from the former residence of Alfred Hitchcock. According to local lore, Hitchcock’s inspiration for his 1963 film “The Birds” came from a real-life incident that occurred there. A large number of bird species still inhabit the site and it remains one of the area’s most distinct characteristics. In addition, inherent references to the “Arts and Crafts” movement provided an opportunity to develop and insert nature-based decorative motifs into the architectural plans for the entire library that in turn come to life in the form of projected bird shadows populating the facility. Reading rooms feature smaller sconces that depict single life-size birds standing or perched. From behind each silhouette, appears a shadow of a bird in flight. The intent is to bring the elements of nature from the outside to the inside – into this library a place where people think, daydream and imagine. (Additional partner: Noel Korten)

Kipp Kobayashi
Meet the Creator
Wescover creator since 2018
As an artist and urban designer, Kipp Kobayashi has a keen interest in the nature of human interaction in our public environments and is in constant search for ways to initiate dialogue and to promote sociability within these spaces. His work explores how these overlapping narrative threads merge with the physical characteristics of a specific environment, transforming them into living and unique entities composed of our thoughts, actions and experiences.

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Kobayashi has created projects and presented ideas for cities across the nation and for such organizations as the Getty Museum, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Sound Transit and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. In addition, he is an elected member of the Public Art Network Advisory Council which provides recommendations and insight to Americans for the Arts for the development and execution of public art services and resources. Based in Los Angeles, he received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MFA from the University of Southern California and has taught extensively in the Urban and Regional Planning department at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design.