LITTLE TERN BY Škart
As part of the “Your Birds, Our Birds” campaign run by the European cooperation network ACT, Bunker is producing a mural of a Little Tern in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Škart is a collective founded in 1990 at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. While experimenting with their work, they focus mainly between the medium of poetry and design. “Architecture of human relations” is their main concept. Through the constant flow within the collective, present since its inception, the members work collaboratively to develop new values. They are especially able, through the process of making, to embrace “beautiful” mistakes and tirelessly strive to combine work and pleasure.
Created by the Serbian collective Škart, the mural was developed in collaboration with Bunker, as part of the Your Birds, Our Birds campaign, and the Mladi levi festival, in a retirement home in Tabor, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
On the occasion of the Mladi levi festival, a group of residents of the Tabor old people’s home, gathered for a workshop, led by the artist duo Škart. The session was dedicated to the disappearance of Slovenian bird species.
At the end of the workshop, the participants were able to contribute to the creation of a mural, created by Škart, on the retirement home. The mural depicts endangered birds and also contains drawings and poems written by the retirees during this convivial activity.
In preparing the workshop, Bunker and Škart were able to collaborate with the largest Slovenian bird protection society, DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia, which organized an open conference in the nursing home on the topic of endangered bird species.
For the opening of the mural entitled Disappearing in Time, which marked the end of this cycle, participants were given risoprints depicting a Little Tern (Sternula albifrons), an endangered species in Slovenia. The money raised from the purchase of these cards will be donated to BirdLife Slovenia’s campaign to preserve the natural habitat of forest birds. Bunker’s collaboration with DOPPS, will not stop here, the cultural association is already planning a visit to a nearby nature reserve in the spring, when it will be full of birds!
“Your Birds, Our Birds” ACT Campaign
The “Your Birds, Our Birds” campaign was launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille in September 2021. To spread the impact of this initiative across Europe, ACT kicked off the campaign launch by inviting all network partners to engage their local communities of artists, scientists and civic organizations to submit murals of threatened birds. Inspired by the mural by artist Fikos in Marseille, which was created by ACT partner COAL for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, network partners are now busy proposing their mural projects.