human nests

I was commissioned to build three human-sized vine nests for the Brookline Parks Department's new Fisher Hill Reservoir Park in Chestnut Hill.

Creating these sculptures involved many hours of sourcing invasive vines of Oriental Bittersweet and Porcelaineberry from remote roadsides and fields (preferably where trees are being choked to death), cutting and transporting them back to my yard, and untangling and weaving them into nests. The design of each nest was a conversation with the materials, informed by the memory of their shape and ability to flex and bend.

Friends dropped by to test the nests and were pleasantly surprised to find them comfortable and comforting to relax inside. 

The nests can be visited during park hours at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park in Chestnut Hill.