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Bird House Village

birdhouse sculpture in progress

Bird House Village at the Gardens on Spring Creek

The Gardens on Spring Creek is excited to bring you a new art installation by local artists Dan Huling and Todd Kundla through February 2023. 

Celebrating both the beauty the ecological functions of birds, including seed dispersal, pollination and pest control, the installation will feature nine unique bird communities.

Using found objects collected from across the area, Bird House Village explores the concept of house and home through the view of birds. Utilizing materials like large tree stumps, driftwood, salvaged piano parts, scrap wood, and a large collection of odds and ends, the artists have created a variety of sculptural micro-habitats and clustered dwellings that create niche bird neighborhoods throughout the gardenscape.

Inspired by themes of community, creative re-use, and our changing climate, these pieces offer habitats for birds as a place of refuge and play. In homage to the construction style of our feathered friends, these found object assembled sculptures encourage dialogues about what exactly makes a house a home, varying construction styles, and the resourceful use of materials in our natural and built environments.

Special thanks to Outpost Sunsport, Françoise, JoAnne and Carol Busch, Greyrock Wealth Advisors - RBC Wealth Management and Mantooth Company for their generous sponsorship of this installation.

Join us for the exhibit opening night! 

The Gardens on Spring Creek will be hosting a First Friday event on Friday, June 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit.  The last admission will be at 6:30 p.m.

We hope you'll join us for an evening with the artists to celebrate creativity, culture and community in our beautiful garden setting!  Enjoy the first peek at our new installations with a full cash bar.   

For this event, The Gardens will remain open until 7 p.m. and regular admission rates will apply. Reserve your tickets now!

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Dan Huling

Daniel Huling is a born and raised Colorado artist, a Colorado State University Fine Arts graduate, and with his wife, a shoemaking instructor at Colorado Shoe School. The shoe school is located at the Huling‘s home in the heart of Bellvue, Colorado, where he continues to explore the use of found objects to create his artwork.

Todd Kundla

Born in New York, Todd Kundla moved out west to get closer to the natural world.  Todd owns a metal and wood fabrication shop just north of downtown Fort Collins. When he's not building things for residential or commercial projects around the area, he likes to delve deep into Art in Public Places installations.  Having worked with Daniel for many years ideating and creating for New Belgium's Tour de Fat festival, the two artists are drawn to the nuance of assemblage and found object art.  

Bird House Village is the second temporary art installation featured at The Gardens since its grand re-opening in 2019.  Click here to learn more about the Mountain Wildwoods exhibit.