"I brought bird cages back to the
Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

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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 brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

"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."

"I brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

Strung across the street in a line, the bird cages were left open to symbolise that the pet shops have now been replaced by clothes and shoe stores, though Wilcox claims he spotted a few birds using the cages.

"I brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

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.

"I brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

Watch Faye Toogood talk through her installation of 49 worker's coats in the first movie from this series here.

"I brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

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.

"I brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

Photography is by Mark Cocksedge.

"I brought bird cages back to the Seven Dials area" - Dominic Wilcox

The music featured in the movie is a song called Blue Sapphire by Remote Scenes. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.

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  • Aaron

    A lovely project. Similarly lovely, although with perhaps more poetic resonance is Forgotten Songs by Michael Hill, installed in Angel Place, Sydney. The cages all project the calls of birds indigenous to the Sydney area that have become extinct since white settlement.

  • Munchman

    Unless I'm mistaken as to the initial conception of this project, this seems a most blatant plagiarism of Michael Hill's now permanent installation in Sydney.

    See http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/59828/su

    • andi

      Ook, but maybe Dominic Wilcox didn’t see the idea. It happens very often to think about something and find out later somebody else has done it before. Knowing the kind of work Dominic makes it’s hard to think he purposefully copied MIchael Hill’s instalation.

  • douglas

    Very beautiful, but I sincerely hope this doesn’t inspire some idiotic hipster craze for caging birds – creatures who live to fly uninhibited and not psychologically tortured to satisfy the infantile whims of insensible and selfish human beings.

  • http://inet-dsl-anbieter.de DSL Anbieter

    Ok, but maybe Dominic Wilcox didn’t see the idea. It happens very often to think about something and find out later somebody else has done it before. Knowing the kind of work Dominic makes it’s hard to think he purposefully copied Michael Hill’s instalation.