The Bird Project 2006 – 2017

Photographs by Erik Berglin
Edited by Erik Berglin
Designed by Erik Berglin
Cover design by Lundgren+Lindqvist
Nailbound by Erik Berglin.

Pages printed by Konstexpo, inkjet on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth 308 gram.
60 pages each 100 x 70 cm.
Cover printed by Crimson, inkjet on 9 mm birch plywood.
Total weight 21 kg (46 lbs).
Custom made stand in MDF by Johan Andrén.

Over a period of twelve years, Stockholm based artist Erik Berglin wheat-pasted 4982 hand cut images of birds in natural scale, in twelve cities around the world. Each bird was placed in a carefully selected location, and subsequently documented by the artist, who works with photography as his primary medium.

The project was inspired by the famous ornithologist John James Audubon’s (1785-1851) magnum opus; the monumental ‘Birds of America’, originally printed and published between 1827-1838. Birds of America contains 435 life-size watercolours of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates. In homage to Aududon, Berglin also made a giant sized version of his book in an edition of 5+2AP.