Inspired by the infamous Google Maps icon, artist Shuchun Hsiao has designed a birdhouse for urban birds that looks a lot like the iconic symbol.
In much the same way that people use the icon to help them find their way about, Hsiao hopes that his Google Birdhouse will help urban winged creatures to navigate their way through urban spaces.
Hsiao hopes the Google Birdhouse will help to accommodate birds in busy built up areas, becoming not only a navigation tool for them, but somewhere they can take refuge too!
“Google Maps had created a remarkable landmark icon, showing the sites on its street views. To search for a landmark with online Google map, we can scroll to zoom from the satellite, soon we’ll be able to wander on streets, virtually. Birds, have the most real experience of Google map. Birds can fly through the city, through streets. A birdhouse becomes their destination as Google map does.”
As far as I am aware, our feathered friends have always been pretty good at navigation, even before Google created the wondrous Maps App, but hey, if Hsiao’s Google Birdhouse gives them a place to hide out from the murderous domestic cat then that’s all good with me!