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Mary Rothlisberger, Palouse, Washington

The Aviary, 2007, Installation

The Aviary is an interstitial space built to balance the public/private nature of making at Elsewhere’s Living Museum. Beginning with the construction of the First Ladder, an abandoned lofted space in the Living Museum was transformed into an observational respite for the Elsewhere community. The space offered a twin-lookout system; street side of Greensboro and Elsewhere’s evolving sprawling library. From its subtle upper vantage, the performative community had an opportunity to observe audience interaction and exploration. The Aviary also included a curated collection of all things feathered, an encyclopedic avian library, educational textile-based portraits of regional birds, comfortable reading chairs, the coziest corners, one pair of binoculars, and plenty of secrets.


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