At The Botanic Gardens


This morning.

At the Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

Artist Rajinder Singh unveiled his project called ‘Un-migrant-ing’.

He writes on Instagram:

“The art project is an umbrella for my practice-led inquiries into questions of migrants in nature, in Ireland.

“The project begins with the premise that Ireland is a bountiful bird feeder full of free and accessible food and it is being invaded and taken advantage of by migrant birds. What if these visitors are no longer welcome?

Each of the ten parts of the commission at the Botanic Gardens is an open-prison birdhouse named after the ten worst Direct Provision centres in Ireland.

“We have many migrant birds in Ireland, many of which make arduous journeys across oceans to get here. They are welcomed with open arms. What if we didn’t want them anymore!

“We need to build shelters where they can be isolated away to protect the local fauna and flora.

“I wanted to install an installation at a local, conservative park area in Dublin which has almost a million visitors a year. Many who came to talk to me while I was installing did not know about the direct provision system. This will be a chance for them to find out.

“Thanks to Lucky Khambule and Bulelani Mfaco.”

Rajinder Singh (Unprimed)

Botanic Gardens

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2 thoughts on “At The Botanic Gardens

  1. eoin

    Spotted a grey squirrel crawling all over one of these earlier, funny how you never see any red squirrels any more.

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