Category Archives: Dovecotes

Pigeons must be mourning

Pigeons must be mourning the death of Oscar Niemeyer, their greatest modern architect. He made a very stylish house for them in Brazil. New York Times reports his death today. He was 104.

 The dovecote designed in 1961 by Oscar Niemeyer on the Praça dos Três Poderes in Brasília, Brazil. Material: concrete.

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a short history of my interest in pigeons.1


Yoshio Komatsu, Earthen Pigeon Houses, pg. 319, BUILT BY HAND Vernacular Buildings Around the World, by Athena Steen, Bill Steen and Eiko Komatsu, Gibb Smith Publisher, Salt Lake City © 2003

I trace my interest in pigeons to a seemingly inessential discovery of and visual seduction by this photo of clay pigeon towers–I am in love with these raw towers randomly punctuated with holes and sticks like wild hair for perches.

Stage two.  Cursory reading.  I am led to an admiration of the simplicity of the agriculture–of the ancient consensual relationship between humans and pigeons: pilfered grain and seeds in exchange for squab, housing in exchange for guano (fertilizer in the middle east, for growing voluptuous Persian melons.)

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