I made Twenty Brave Canaries in Athens in June 2018. The intervention was situated on the main building of the Athens Polytechnic. It was built from unfired clay elements. I set the installation on Sunday noon and it lasted until the next morning.
The artwork discusses the pet culture and pet shops. The canaries and budgerigars have long history as companion birds. The canaries are popular pets because of their delightful singing. The bird may end spending its whole life in a pet shop in a too small cage and the room can be very restless during the business hours*. The defective care and living circumstances can lead to abnormalities and stress symptoms like obsessive-compulsive disorders. The birds have feelings like humans**.
*Peta: What’s wrong with keeping birds in cages?, https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-keeping-birds-in-cages/, taken 13.2.2019.
**Papukaija.fi: Sosiaalinen papukaija on kehittynyt elämään lajitoverin kanssa, http://www.papukaija.fi/artikkelit/hoito-ja-hyvinvointi/sosiaalinen-papukaija-kehittynyt-elamaan-lajitoverin-kanssa/, taken 13.2.2019.