CAMERON HOCKENSON
Migration
2014
pvc pipe, chicken wire, burlap, twine, manilla rope, wooden polls, wire, spray foam, house paint, zip ties, steel brackets, nuts, bolts, washers, bird seed
Largest Nest: 10x15x25
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Project Site: 4th Street, South West Washington D.C
Project City: Washington D.C.
Project State: District of Columbia
Project Country: United States
Project Partners: Fung Collaboratives, Washington Project for the Arts, University of Delaware, David Meyer, Virginia Center for the Arts. D.C., Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Artist Assistant: Cristian Vitale
Photo Credit: Cameron Hockenson

Migration is a ‘nonument’ for a home threatened, yet resilient in the face of displacement and climate change. Migration brings to light marginalized communities in Washington DC. These nests are much like neighborhoods now on the move, embracing, adapting, or resisting forces of gentrification sweeping the city. Swallows are colony nesters that build cities like humans. Each piece is a refuge along the Atlantic Flyway for birds whose habitat and migratory patterns are shifting to adapt to climate change. As residents are being asked to drive until they qualify, some migrating birds must fly hundreds of miles farther north to find suitable nesting sites. Gentrification in Washington D.C. resonates with global trends of displacement due to vast inequities between rich and poor, exacerbated by stresses on natural resources.

Can we live in neighborhoods of economic, social, cultural and biological diversity that aren’t determined solely by a market economy? This piece provides a chance for art to enter and enrich the everyday lives of residents walking between home, work, and school. Ultimately, Migration may become habitat for birds in a regional park or arboretum this spring. But perhaps Migration will linger in the minds of those in DC who dream of a city where there is a place for everyone.
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