Wren Wrow House
Dan & Harrison Grasso, Roger Holmes
Sinclair Hille Architects, 700 Q St
R Scott Sandquist
The Cup, 643 S 25th St
Birdhouses constructed by 27 builders are now on display at local businesses and libraries through March 31. This is the first year for the Artistic Birdhouse Project to benefit children's programs at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. It takes the place of the successful Artistic Rain Barrel Project and auction that took place the past two years.
"The Birdhouse project is designed to call attention to the importance of birdhouses and the enjoyment of 'birding' in your own backyard," said Nancy Furman, Pioneers Park Nature Center Coordinator. "We're very impressed with the quality of the birdhouses submitted — a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Hopefully, citizens get a chance to see them on display soon." (Download a PDF of builders, images and locations.)
After March 31, the birdhouses will be moved to the Grand Manse, 129 N. 10th St., for the First Friday Art Walk April 1. They will then be taken to Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 Coddington, where they will be auctioned off at "Nature's Market" event Saturday, April 16.
Proceeds from the Nature's Market auction will provide low-income children with scholarships to Nature Camp and pre-school at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. After the auction, the top three sellers will be featured in a Lincoln Journal Star advertisement.
The project is co-sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center.
More information, including photos of the birdhouses, is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: birdhouse).