NYC's "Architect for the Contemporary Bird"
The July 11 edition of the New York Times features a colorful full-page spread highlighting SAIC alumnus XAM, an anonymous artist and self-described “architect for the contemporary bird.” For the past three years, XAM has hung street art around the streets of Mexico City, Los Angeles, and New York City in the form of birdhouses, often while disguised as a city worker. But ‘birdhouse’ is perhaps an inadequate term for XAM’s advanced structures, notes writer Steven Kurutz. In addition to purple camouflage paint schemes and jigsaw angles, many are equipped with technological features like passive ventilation systems, gravity controlled feeders, and solar powered LED pouch lights that attract insects. XAM’s Urban Habitat Project was featured in the New Museum’s Idea City Festival in May and also exhibited at Dorian Grey Gallery in the East Village.