For the Art
A new art installation, featuring hundreds of birdhouses painted by children and is in the ViBe Creative District. Attached to a yellow archway in a grassy lot at the corner of 19th Street and Parks Avenue at the Oceanfront, the tiny, colorful birdhouses are jazzed up with positive messages.

Pharrell’s nonprofit, From One Hand to Another, teamed up with the ViBe and the Museum of Contemporary Art to facilitate the birdhouse project at children’s summer camps in 2019.

In conjunction with the nonprofit organization founded by Pharrell Williams, local students painted birdhouses with positive messages. Boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17 painted images including flowers, rainbows and hearts on the front and back of the birdhouses. Some of them covered the roofs with polka dots, stripes or splatter.

Architect Jeremy Maloney of Altruistic Design envisioned the archway as a “thoughtful place” where visitors experience the art through a processional and are encouraged to take a stroll under the series of seven angled arches, which end under the canopy of a large tree.

Spacemakers Construction built the arches.

Artist Nikki Leone, owner of design company Poplar & Pine Studio, came up with the idea to arrange the birdhouses in spiraling clusters from low to high.

Photography by Craig McClure, Kate Pittman and VIBE Volunteers

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