The Birds by Kipp Kobayashi

Public Sculptures by Kipp Kobayashi at Live Oak Branch Library, Santa Cruz - The Birds
Public Sculptures by Kipp Kobayashi at Live Oak Branch Library, Santa Cruz - The BirdsPublic Sculptures by Kipp Kobayashi at Live Oak Branch Library, Santa Cruz - The BirdsPublic Sculptures by Kipp Kobayashi at Live Oak Branch Library, Santa Cruz - The Birds
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)

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