Designer Dominic Wilcox describes why he chose to hang a row of bird cages above a street in London in the next movie we filmed about the Seven Designers for Seven Dials aerial installations curated by Dezeen.
"I found a book called Dickens' Dictionary of London, written by Charles Dickens' son," says Wilcox. "In that book he describes the Seven Dials area as having many pet shops, with birds from all over the world."
Strung across the street in a line, the bird cages were left open to symbolise that the pet shops have now been replaced by clothes and shoe stores, though Wilcox claims he spotted a few birds using the cages.
Dezeen commissioned seven young designers to create seven installations to hang above the streets of Covent Garden during last year's London Design Festival, and Wilcox's The Birds of Seven Dials installation was located on Neal Street.
Watch Faye Toogood talk through her installation of 49 worker's coats in the first movie from this series here.
Wilcox presents more of his projects in a movie we filmed at Dezeen Live, a series of talks at 100% Design during London Design Festival.
Photography is by Mark Cocksedge.
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