The Chicago Tree Project

Marc Schneider

Birdhouse Head


Bessemer Park – E 90th and Muskegon Ave.

2014

This piece has been de-installed

The most personally rewarding and gratifying work I have ever done has been to make functional sculptural birdhouses, and to install them outside in nature, transforming the environment with natural materials. It is part of putting a little back into nature what I take away from it. 

I have created sculptural objects with tree bark and organic mediums extensively for over 20 years.  Working with tree elements is my passion.  

My approach with natural materials is to create pieces that are suggested by the shape and feel of the wood itself. To me, trees are very spiritual and provide us with some basic elements that that make life, as we know it, possible. 

When I create works of art from trees and organic matter, I hope that will increase the public awareness of nature and celebrate the life of a tree and its ability to affect its surroundings.