Manimal - EN


Catalogue - Manimal, 2019
Language - English




Has it become or will it become unsustainable to

stay on the earth if we do not start to re-think the

relationship of man to nature? We believe that the

advancement of man is a wonderful thing and

highly praised, but we do not need to continue

to prove humanity’s progressive capabilities. We

know that all development was necessary, but

it is important to create a new responsibility for

the land and the living organisms that inhabit our


This Anthropocene age has culminated in man’s

ability to create, destroy, and alter our planet.

During this time humans have had to reinvent

themselves, the need for water, food, land, culture,

science, war, peace, and so on has led us to our

current state and we are now aware something

needs to be done to rescue the planet for future


We are not critical about humanity’s course, but

we will be if nothing changes in the forthcoming

decades. Population growth was the origin and

cause of the Anthropocene period. We have finally

been confronted with a planet at its capacity

which, as we know it, will not sustain much

longer. Life is cyclical and it is normal, from time

to time, to feel a need to rethink where we have

come from and where we want to go, not only

as individuals but collectively. An effort between

countries, races, religions, cities, continents in

order to find solutions to global problems that

concern everyone and everything.

We intend to make people conscious of their

responsibility to take care of the planet, our home.

The Earth should be at the center of decisions or,

at least, a consideration in the decision-making


By observing how other living organisms utilize

natural resources to build their habitat, we

observed how birds use nature’s raw materials

to assemble structures and how these interact

with the world. During our research, the nests

of the Brazilian birds João de Barro, João de Pau

and Guaxo (the weaver birds) stood out because

of their use of clay, sticks and leaves. All of their

architectural structures met the needs of the

occupant and left no waste to the planet.

After the experience of observing

birds we decided to make a

connection with what humans are

returning to the planet compared

to birds. We decided to build an

installation with three houses/

nests. They will have spiral forms

and people will be able to enter and

experience the multisensory aspects

of smell, temperature and textures.

They will be built with two different

phases. In the center, the nests will be

constructed with organic materials.

In contrast, passing through the

outermost part, the materials used

will be urban waste, constructed with

the same techniques observed and

adapted from birds. We’ve chosen to

work with the common, daily waste

produced by humans: paper, wood

and plastic. At the center of each

house, will be real, abandoned birds’

nests, no longer in use found in Brazil.

Our motivation with this project is more than

presenting solutions, we intend to highlight a

different way of living by showing that the world

was created with a community of different species

and we can keep it this way by asking ourselves:

what do we want to leave as our legacy for future


João de Barro

Scientific Name - Rufous Hornero (Gmelin,

1788) | Conservation State - Little worrying

The couple builds together an interesting

nest, shaped like a clay oven, which can

be easily found in rural areas. Inside there

is a wall separating the entrance and an

incubation chamber, built to reduce drafts

and access to possible predators. Use as

raw material of damp clay, dung and straw,

their proportions depending on the type of

soil (if you go, a quantity of dung comes to

be greater than the earth).

ø3.0 x h2.5m

Clay & Carboard & others

João do Pau

Scientific Name - Rufous-fronted Thornbird (Wied,

1821) | Conservation status - Not very worrying

Builds huge nests with twigs (reason of common

name). Twigs are relatively large for bird size. The

couple acts in partnership in the construction of

the house, which will be used throughout the year

by both and the litter (even after flying) as a shelter.

When finishing the first nest, the couple continues

placing material and building others, in sequence.

With this, the support branch begins to hang and to

be covered of material, standing out in the landscape.

In extreme cases, the nest reaches 2 meters in length.

The hatchery is lined by thick layer of feathers, paina,

etc., of spherical shape. The nest is usually located in

isolated trees, at the end of flexible branches, that end

up bending with the excess weight. Its construction

can occur with the participation of the whole group

and not just the couple. Put 3 eggs.

Rufous-fronted Thornbird

urnariidae: : Phacellodomus rufifrons)

fotografia: Luis FLorit

ø3.0 x h2.5m

Branches & Pallets & others


Scientific Name - Red-rumped Cacique (Linnaeus,

1766) | Conservation State - Little worrying

Only the female constructs the nest in the form of

a bag 40 to 70 centimeters long, in colonies, with

material of several vegetables and varied location,

being able to be at low altitude on the water, in

the tops of trees in the middle of the forest or in

palm trees on the edge of the forest. It puts 2 to

3 white eggs with spots and reddish and purple

spots, having 2 to 3 litters per reproduction period.

fotografia: Nunes da Costa

ø3.0 x h2.5m

Fishing Net & Coconut Fiber & others

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