Note after reading the article, Nests: the art of birds
Which birds' nests can be considered works of art, aesthetic creations worthy of our admiration?
From the beginning of the 20th century, attitudes about what constitutes art changed radically. A major breakthrough came when Picasso described indigenous crafts as art. At the time, anthropological rather than artistic interests were common. In 1907, Picasso saw African tribal masks in the Museum of Ethnology at the Trocadero Palace in Paris. he commented:
The mask was not like other sculptures. you're welcome. They were magical objects.
The masks triggered a catharsis when Picasso quoted their formal and symbolic qualities in his 1907 work Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the painting that was the precedent to Cubism.
Birds are inventive, a need driven by evolution’s struggle for survival. Art is sometimes regarded as a leisure activity: if people have the time (and sufficient food and shelter), they can develop the ability to create pleasing and well-made objects.
Beauty needs planning and a discerning audience that can appreciate it.
As the males work, the females judiciously assess their progress. A great deal of skill and industry goes into each nest: the weave must be of the right tightness and elasticity otherwise the eggs will slide out.
Perhaps in the future, the ingenious and beautiful constructions made by some birds will take their place in galleries as art.
Myungja Anna Koh