Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven
by London Fieldworks


Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven

These bird and bug boxes have been installed by art and architecture collective London Fieldworks around trees across London in clusters inspired by neighbouring housing.

Spontaneous City in the ree of heaven

Spontaneous city in the Tree of Heaven consists of two sculptures with one in Cremorne Gardens in Chelsea and Kensington, and the other in Duncan Terrace Gardens in Islington.

Spontaneous City in the tree of heaven by London Fieldworks

The sculpture above is in Duncan Terrace Gardens and inspired by the local Georgian terraces and 1960s apartments.

The other sculpture in Cremorne Gardens (above) is inspired by the Worlds End housing estate seen in the background.

Spontaneous City in the tree of heaven by London Fieldworks

The sculptures were commissioned by the local councils as part of public gallery Up Projects' on going Secret Garden Project, which places sculptures in lesser known green spaces across London.

Spontaneous City in the tree of heaven by London Fieldworks

Here's some more from the gallery:

Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven,

By London Fieldworks

Duncan Terrace Gardens, Islington and Cremorne Gardens, Kensington & Chelsea

Spontaneous City by London Fieldworks comprises two sculptural installations specially designed for the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima) an unusual tree of Chinese origin which grows in Cremorne Gardens, Kensington and Chelsea, and Duncan Terrace Gardens, Islington. The two sister sculptures are made from a collection of over 250 bespoke, wooden bird and bug boxes that create a sculptural 'habitat' for the birds, insects and invertebrates that occupy the gardens, providing spaces for shelter, nesting or feeding.  The design of the boxes in Duncan Terrace reflects the Georgian terraces and 1960s flats that surround the park, and in Cremorne Gardens, the structure is inspired by the architecture of the nearby Worlds End housing estate.

Spontaneous City in the tree of heaven by London Fieldworks

London Fieldworks are an art/architecture collaborative that create art installations for urban and rural settings that engage with ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds.

These sculptures have been commissioned for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Islington Council by up projects as part of their Secret Garden Project ; a new programme of artists’ commissions and events for secret gardens, lesser known green spaces, and urban corners across London. They will be in situ for three years.

The Secret Garden Project programme continues to grow, and each new commission is connected by written works, events and blogs by our writer in residence Sarah Butler. To find out more, or make a written contribution visit the Word Garden blog.

See also:


If You Build it, They Will
Come… by Ben Faga
The Birds, Bats and Bees
by various designers
Animal Wall by
Gitta Gschwendtner

Posted on Wednesday September 8th 2010 at 12:25 pm by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Chris

    The bird box shanty town.

  • alex

    are things that bad for architects/artists in London that they only have bird houses to build?

  • nnn

    kinda wish they were painted…or stained..

  • jyesmith

    I imagine fairies might live there.

  • bodkin

    i'd like to know how they are fixed to the trees

  • Max Hulenski

    I imagine these will be sold in the near future as affordable and key worker housing.

  • christian

    I’m wondering what the birds think of it all?

  • olgavansaane

    Why would anyone like to get birds crowded and packed in thousands – various sizes and feathers – in one place, while we don't enjoy such sort of living ourselves? We prefer – space and privacy when we have choice. Or designers think birds will fall for cheap rent? :-) I am VERY curious what birds think of that. Please, do the follow up in Spring! :-)

  • David R Harper

    I think this is a great concept and idea. However, I am concerned about the cleanup of the mess created by this conglomration.

    • I am sure the birds are rather curious when we are going to start cleaning up our mess. On an aside I really doubt this is a serious proposal. This seems to be more of a conceptual piece of work to inspire conversation rather than a legitimate proposal for innovative bird housing.

  • Peter

    How do the birds do? An article to follow up would be nice!