The Gourd Tree

Wayne Caudell
Steel and plastic

Gourd trees were originally constructed by Native Americans to attract a type of bird called the purple martin. The practice was continued by European colonists when they arrived in the United States and has become a longstanding folk art form. Today purple martins rely exclusively on these manmade homes for shelter. While this installation has aesthetic value, it also carries a practical use in providing nesting homes for birds.

Folk Art Park
Courtland Ave Bridge and Ralph McGill Ave
Atlanta, GA 30308