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Comeback Home

Comeback Home

2016

Found wood, pine, OSB, acrylic paint, beaver fur, surveyor’s twine, flashlight

A nest cavity that references the materials, human actions and other animals that have created home for Wood Ducks to tell a story of manufactured nature within environmental protection practices.

Wood Duck populations dropped in the early 20th Century due to over-hunting for hat feathers, and over-hunting of beavers, which create wood ducks’ preferred habitat. Legal protections and a push to install manufactured nest boxes brought back duck numbers. Now hunters again play a role as the first observers of the effects of climate change on duck migration and population.

Commissioned for Meadow Mansions by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with the Audubon Society, Design Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.