Bob and Roberta Smith
The Department of Ornithology, 2009
Series of 40 works, sign writer’s enamel on wood, bird spotting guide books and shelf
Devised as a joyful puzzle for visitors to disentangle, this playful work invites a spot of “bird” spotting. Scattered throughout the building are several colourful word paintings which each feature the scrambled name of a well known bird. With the aid of an ornithological guide located in the waiting area, visitors can identify actual bird names. This work, intended to provide momentary escape and distraction, is inspired by Bob and Roberta Smith’s love of the country and the therapeutic value of engaging with nature.
A limited edition print ‘Bird Search’ is available for purchase, please see our shop for details.