Bird Houses, Stourpaine

The developer, Stonewater, commissioned ‘a space’ arts to instigate a piece of public art on their new development of social housing on the site of the old village hall at Clerks Acre, in the Dorset village of Stourpaine.

Stourpaine is a quintessential ‘chocolate box’ village with a history of market gardens and allotments. In response to the challenging geography of the site and to celebrate the village’s picturesque qualities ‘a space’ commissioned Dorset artist Alice Blogg, who created a series of bird houses that emulated buildings within the village.

The bird houses are made from locally sourced wood including Sweet Chestnut, Western Red Cedar, Oak, Larch, Douglas Fir, and Yew, with different features highlighted by the differing colours of the wood used.