Bentley Birdhouses

The Bentley Birdhouses are 10 wooden totems, engraved with a mixture of typographical treatments and topped off with roof-like bird box hats. This unique piece of permanent public art was designed in direct response to a brief written by residents of Bentley House in Hulme, Manchester.

Using laser-cut and etched type, the pole of each birdhouse is engraved with text in a type font, chosen to reflect a different period in Bentley House history. Local residents contributed to the content of the text and chose the historical events themselves. UHC also ran workshops in the community to turn their recycled drinks cans into roof shingles.