June 21, 2013

The Human Nest.

That's what I've been calling this twig construction that Meade has shaped and reshaped for reasons I don't quite understand:

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So I was blown away to see this article in the NYT: "Twigitecture: Building Human Nests."

Whoa! Human nests! I invented the human nest! Or Meade did. Or, hey, Meade, you need to make that human nest into a New York Times Human Nest!
Designed and built by Jayson Fann... the nest, which costs $110 a night, is always booked.

From New Age cocoons and backyard playthings of the rich to public installations made from the wood of hurricane-felled trees to contemporary art objects that you can buy along with your Richters and Oldenburgs, human nests are having a bit of a moment....

But it is not just the appeal of the handmade object — twig and daub as a rebuke to glass and steel...
Oh, here it comes. The anti-prefabbishness snobbishness.

Twigs are twee.

21 comments:

chuck said...

Been done. The second little pig was ahead of his time.

Sorun said...

And spiders like them too.

Paddy O said...

Reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy's stuff, which was featured in the movie Rivers and Tides.

Palladian said...

I hope there are organic, fair-trade bed scarves in the nest.

edutcher said...

Looks like a fascine from the Civil War.

Lem said...

I take it this is not a café then.

Ann Althouse said...

@Palladian Thanks for remembering a post from 2006!

Ann Althouse said...

"I take it this is not a café then."

No. But you can lay eggs here.

chrisnavin.com said...

I think you and Meade are ready for your close-up in the Times Style section.

I'm thinking the two of you on the High-Line Park, Meade with you slung in a rebozo or the two of you lounging in the human nest.

Palladian said...

@Palladian Thanks for remembering a post from 2006!

Whenever I read a piece in the NYT about some supposed fad that is completely ludicrous, I think of that "Fussy Bedding" post. I now refer to anything of that nature as "bedscarves".

Palladian said...

I think you and Meade are ready for your close-up in the Times Style section.

Been there, done that.

chrisnavin.com said...

This could go beyond Andy Goldsworthy and Christo. You're just humans being, looking for abstract patterns in nature, and pushing the limits of human dwellings and made objects with the creative imagination.

I bet you could even rope a few hipsters out of their eco-boxes and into your human nests for $1300 a month or so.

chrisnavin.com said...

Palladian, lol. No wonder Althouse is so loyal to the Times!

Lem said...

Ouch...

I had to look it up.

KenK said...

The ever changing aesthetic preferences of the bourgeoisie are so precious and yet at the same time so transitory. Pointless too, just like most of their art.

Ann Althouse said...

"Been there, done that."

LOL. That's what I said when I read it too.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

Paddy O, I thought of Goldsworthy too, and was surprised not to see his name crop up in the article.

(BTW, that eucalyptus one at the start of the article ... yes, very cool-looking, but I'm not sure I'd want to sleep in a structure made of about the most flammable building material on the planet. Even for a single night.)

lemondog said...

Is Meade preparing to lay eggs?

Here is a challenging structure

lemondog said...

Structure

El Pollo Raylan said...

The pile looks artsy in the way that a beaver hutch does. Are there beavers in Meade's back yard? It's the kind of wealth that built NYC you know.

ALP said...

Bug habitats. I have learned to love the stick pile that develops as the garden/yard work progresses throughout the year. Many beneficial bugs live within.