Lindsay Brenner’s Human Bird Nest, a public artwork presented by the Railyard Art Project in Santa Fe, combines themes of sanctuary, rebirth, and ecological resilience.
Human Bird Nest by Lindsay Brenner
April 22—July 31, 2023
Railyard Park, Santa Fe
For anyone who stopped to watch Lindsay Brenner construct her Human Bird Nest in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park over the course of a warm and sunny April weekend, the process seemed alternately random and methodical, instinctive and calculated. That was precisely the point. “I wanted to build the nest in the same way that a bird would, intuitively, but also with the goal of creating a place of safety and protection,” explains Brenner. “And similar to a real bird’s nest, I wanted to build it in the spring, when the harshness of winter is fading, and new beginnings are emerging.”
Presented by the Railyard Park Conservancy’s (RPC) Railyard Art Project (RAP), with funding from the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, the eight-foot-long Human Bird Nest combines themes of sanctuary, rebirth, and ecological resilience, offering visitors a nurturing space to imagine and develop ideas for positive growth. It opened during the RPC’s April 22 Earth Day event and runs through July 31.
“Lindsay’s work epitomizes the Railyard Art Project’s vision for public art: thoughtful, playful, and interactive,” says RPC executive director Izzy Barr. “It also reflects and responds to the natural landscape, which made it an ideal centerpiece of our Earth Day event. We’re grateful to Lindsay for bringing her distinctive vision to the community, and to the Arts & Culture Commission for helping RAP in its mission to support New Mexico’s many talented artists.”
Adds Brenner, “This piece represents fragility, transience, nature, harmony, and the tenderness of life. I hope it will provide visitors with a sense of peace and tranquility, as well as the potential for growth and renewal.”
A graduate of St. Louis University with a degree in studio art, Brenner has been creating quirky and ethereal work since childhood in a variety of media: paint, ceramics, found objects, and natural materials. Her work is unexpected, humorous, and unusual, exploring such recurring themes as nature, feminism, recycling, and art as a practice of endurance.
This project is partially funded by the City of Santa Fe’s Arts & Culture Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax.