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Myfanwy MacLeod’s The Birds at Olympic Village Point To Fragile Biodiversity

June 2, 2010

Located in the common area shared by the Olympic Village’s Community Centre and the Salt Building is a plaza which will become a gathering place for the entire Southeast Falsecreek community. Here out in the plaza is where Vancouver artist Myfanwy MacLeod put two larger-than-life sparrows (or ‘The Birds’) painted with the true colors of the small bird that was introduced to North America from England in the 1800s. Since then, sparrows have become so commonplace that they drove out many other native species. MacLeod’s pair of giant sparrows (one male and one female) are 18 ft. tall and they dwarf visitors who come near them. The artist said the idea of making the small bird bigger was to underline the message that when a foreign specie is introduced, it could adversely upset the eco-system of an area and thus we should pay attention to the interdependence of nature. Southeast Falsecreek was an industrial wasteland that was very much polluted before the Olympic Village was built. When the Millennium Water project was developed, the focus was on environmental impacts, both in the past and in the future. The whole site was designed to follow LEED Gold and Platinum standards. As a result, the Olympic Village was recognized as the World’s Greenest Neighborhood.

Olympic Village in Vancouver's Southeast Falsecreek, Salt Building and plaza

Olympic Village in Vancouver's Southeast Falsecreek The Sparrow and Community Centre at back

The plaza at Salt Building with giant birdie

Olympic Village in Vancouver's Southeast Falsecreek, plaza, street lamps and bird sculpture

Olympic Village in Vancouver's Southeast Falsecreek Artist Myfanwy MacLeod's The Sparrow, at the Plaza near the Salt Building

Olympic Village, 181, 1st Avenue West, Vancouver BC, Canada

8 Comments leave one →
  1. ben ainsworth permalink
    August 8, 2010 11:23 PM

    Those don’t look like any sparrow I ever fed. What a sham scam rubbish

  2. Emmery permalink
    October 11, 2010 8:16 PM

    The work that has been done at Southeast Falsecreek is great! I love Myfanwy’s exhibit “The Birds”.

    I recently found an article published by the manufacturer if anyone is interested in reading more:

  3. Brandon permalink
    December 1, 2011 5:19 PM

    I live in the greenest neighbourhood in the world?


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